Candida Höfer

DEU (1944). Lives and works in Cologne, Germany.


Türken in Deutschland, 1973–78
Video projection of 80 slides, 6’ 40’’

Best known for her grand scale work of libraries and palaces, Candida Höfer conducts her work within the tradition of German conceptual aesthetics and teachings that Bernd and Hilla Becher imparted at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts. These artists adapted new objectivity into a novel, unique way of facing the world.

Höfer’s photographs exhibit an almost ethnographic fascination with the multiple forms of contemporary cultural representation, relating in her own particular way to the
settings in which society and knowledge evolve. She waits until all activity has ceased to photograph the interior of empty buildings—preferably public or semipublic ones such as museums, churches, theaters, opera houses, archives, and libraries.

Türken in Deutschland (Turks in Germany) is a series of photographs taken in the seventies while the artist was studying at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts. It is part of a group of small-scale works that showcase commonplace scenes in the Turkish community, creating a rich sociological portrait of their habits. The images have been presented as slides, each a visual reflection on the changes that life in Germany has seen as a result of the arrival of other cultures to the country at that time.