Interview – Anna Skladmann – Wunderkammer

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WB: Hello Anna Skladmann, could you introduce yourself, your background?

AS: I have graduated from Parsons The New School for Design where I studied partly in Paris and New York. During my studies I have worked in Annie Leibovitz’s Studio, mainly in her archive and the pre-production image research.

I moved to Russia in 2008 where I concentrated on my own photographic practice as well as editorial work that portrays a broad panorama of post-Soviet Russian society and different social classes. In 2011 I have published the book “Little Adults”, a series of portraits of the first generation of children born into privilege Russia.

 

WB: What do you do day to day? Your work on editorial and commercial commissions right?

AS: Most of my artistic practice incorporates research, collecting imagery and finding inspiration. I do work on commercial and editorial projects where I incorporate my artistic methodology.

 

WB: What is Wunderkammer?

AS: Wunderkammer is a modern cabinet of curiosities. In a quest to bring to life a cross section of photography, we collaborate and interact with upcoming exceptional artists, to transform their visions into limited edition prints, for you to treasure. Wunderkammer seek to bring you exclusive interviews, sketches and creative inspiration on a fortnightly basis, to fuel your imagination and uncover the mind behind the image.

 

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WB: What was your main drive and inspiration to start Wunderkammer?

AS: My constant desire to feed my eyes with imagery and a simple obsession for collecting photography, which I have done since early student years.

Wunderkammer is the German word for cabinet of curiosities, an encyclopedic collections of objects that are categorized in sections reaching from natural history, geology, archaeology over religious and historical relics up to works of art and antiquities. Wunderkammer was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world, and often acted as a simple place to retreat for contemplation. For me it’s a collection and study of the world through the creative eyes of upcoming photographers that one can treasure, possess and share.

 

WB: You have a small team of writers and researchers how did you go about finding these people?

AS: We are a small team of three and funny enough I have met everyone online through research. Peter Haynes is our online extraordinaire and India Van Spall our editor.

 

WB: You are constantly traveling to photography fairs and galleries around the world. Does being based in London help with this or are you ready to pack up your bags and move on?

AS: The idea for Wunderkammer was born in London. I got very inspired by the British tradition and its rich heritage, as well as being the home to so many different cultures, opinions and influences. It’s a great place to be based here as you are in the center of Europe, however life out of the suitcase never ends.

 

WB: Your Wunderkammer studio is based in an old newspaper office / temporary studio currently in the heart of the City. How import is it for you to have your own workspace away from home and how did you find the space?

AS: It’s unbelievably hard to find a studio space in central London. I found my temporary space online via gumtree, but sadly enough it is only for a short period of time. I find it very useful to have a space whether it is a room in your apartment, a studio or the same bench in your local coffee store that you know is your sanctuary place of thought.

 

WB: Do you feel the being an online based gallery has its advantages or will you work on putting a physical space together to compliment the two?

AS: We had our first offline presence in co-operation with a pop-up shop called “Modern Society” this December in London. It’s important to be able to show the artisanal aspect of the prints.

 

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WB: Is the internet a place you find inspiration or distraction? Do you have a daily routine for looking at websites, blogs and online galleries?

AS: If used correctly the internet is a great source for inspiration. I personally have certain strategies for my research that go back to my own artistic methodologies and past work experiences. It has to be approached as a source and medium itself.

 

WB: Name drop five favorite artists you have discovered or been inspired by in the past year?

AS: The artists that we work together have been my inspirations this year:

  1. Vilde Rolfsen constructs landscapes made from waste plastic bags
  2. Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez build underwater sculptures and conserve them in the depths of the sea
  3. Nikolas Ventourakis’ fine art fused documentation challenges people’s inclination to accept the prevailing chronicle that would reaffirm their world view.
  4. Marie Rime fascination with primitive tribal costume and the complexity of everyday objects challenges the representation of power
  5. Lucy Sparks analyzes places such as Essex or Las Vegas in close up, she turns defining features into abstract

 

WB: Any exciting plans for 2015?

We have just had our first pop up in December 2014 and plan to collaborate together with the Düsseldorf Portfolio Review early next year

 

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