Lens through COVID: Pandemic in Pictures

Gallery Walk and Panel Discussion

Friday November 20th 12:00 PM EST /  6:00 PM CET

Watch the recording here

As Covid-19 continues to reboot societies and cultures, challenging political and economic systems, we want to take a minute, step back and watch – sharpening our vision with Ingmar Nolting’s photographic perspective on the aesthetics of Covid-19 in Germany. In a conversation with NYC based curator and artist Jordan Jones, we will explore Nolting’s singular art from a transatlantic stance, broadening the view of national challenges posed and amplified by the virus.

Ingmar Nolting’s widely acclaimed photographic work features idiosyncratic photo essays that provoke what Carolin Emcke in the Sueddeutsche called “a collective reflection on the conditions of the social.” (https://bit.ly/2ExlWAQ) With his camera, the artist documented and crystallized Covid-19 moments in Germany, across the country and social strata, professions, individuals, and spaces. Capturing instances of holding still amidst the all-encompassing stillness, Nolting provides a unique aesthetic view of how a society has been waiting for an imagined normality to return, a normality which is shaken to its grounds.

On Friday, November 20th, Ingmar Nolting’s Covid-19 series is presented online at the German American Conference. Beginning with a virtual gallery walk, Nolting’s images will inspire a transatlantic conversation on the aesthetics of this pandemic and the role of art in times of a global crisis. 

At 12 pm (EST) on Novermber 20th, the event will start with the display of single outstanding images of Nolting’s photographic series in separate breakout rooms which participants can enter via the main Zoom session. For an hour, visitors can move individually and flexibly through the (5-7) breakout rooms, interacting with the images on an individual, intimate level. Visitors are kindly invited to bring along their favorite tea- or happy hour drink.

At 1 pm, we will proceed with the panel discussion between Jordan Jones and Ingmar Nolting. First, the photographer will give a relatively short introductory (10-15 minutes) talk, followed by a discussion on the aesthetics and politics of the images with Jordan Jones. After approximately 20 minutes of discussion, the audience will be invited to participate via a Q&A, using the Zoom chat function.

The images will be on display for some time (1-2 weeks) online at the conference webpage.


Speakers

Ingmar Nolting

Photographer

Ingmar Björn Nolting (1995) lives and works as a freelance photographer in Leipzig, Germany. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund. His work focuses on long-term photo essays that deal with issues of social, geographical and geopolitical isolation. He is a founding member of DOCKS Collective for humanist photography. His work has been published in TIME Magazine, ZEIT Magazin, GEO amongst others. His projects have been awarded with a Getty Images Grant, World Report Award and a VG Bildkunst Grant.

Jordan Jones

Curator and Artist

Jordan Jones is an artist and curator living and working in New York, NY. She is currently a joint Curatorial Fellow at The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Museum of Modern Art, working with the department of drawings and prints at MoMA. She received a B.A. from Williams College, was among the inaugural 2018–19 cohort of the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program, and has participated in the Studio Museum’s Museum Education Practicum. Her curatorial practice is centered around care, refusal, and futurity.