The people Heike Frielingsdorf shows in her pictures are frequently looking for a time to leave the everyday routine behind. But they seem to get lost in the often whimsical-looking backdrop worlds of a leisure culture. With her keen power of observation, the photographer develops a look somewhat between loving attitude towards the people and fierce irony in depicting an impersonal and sterile environment. The images never aim at a flat punch line to make fun of people. Beyond any slapstick, her humor emerges in a much more subtle way through the virtuoso interplay of different levels of action in complex pictorial compositions. In her photographs, Heike Frielingsdorf creates stages in our contemporary world on which she gives space to objects and people in their living environment to tell stories out of themselves.  Wolfgang Zurborn, 2018

© 2020 by Heike Frielingsdorf

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