Moray Mair, Arts Blog Mutantspace, March 14th, 2014:
“Torsten Schumann‘s photographs highlight the absurdity of life, that brief second in the day when chance creates a surreal juxtaposition, a moment of silliness, profundity, irony, a tell that exposes the world for what it is, a pointless journey towards inevitable death that’s intermittently interrupted by a comical situation that distracts us from our existential angst. The nightmare of ordinariness that we, as people, manage to turn into a drama of Greek proportions, full of tragedy and farce.

It’s on the streets of Germany that we find Schumann walking, his camera pointing at the most extraordinary collisions, his clever compositions catching us off guard, his formal aesthetic skewed by a mania, a euphoria that runs counter to the yawning boredom of suburban life. His pictures are full of delight, stupidity and irritation, of people trying to outwit their boredom yet blind to the magic that surrounds them. Perhaps this is the ultimate irony. In highlighting the utter pointlessness of life Schumann manages, through a visual act of dexterity, to reveal the magic and sublime comedy that makes it all worthwhile. …”

Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director & Chief Curator at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, 2011:
“Torsten Schumann is obsessed with what people do in their freetime, especially outdoors, in nature, in the garden or on the street. He collects the split seconds of everyday situations that are irritating and odd. The perfect world of suburban Germany and post wall industrial breakdown floats on an innertube of surrealist air.
Born in Dresden in 1975 Schumann began photographing in the early 90´s at a time when self-reflection of German identity allowed him to bare the touch of self-irony.
Torsten Schumann lives and works in Berlin.”


BIOGRAPHY

SOLO AND DUO EXHIBITIONS
2020  “Out and About”, Duo exhibition with Beate Köhne, Städtische Galerie Lehrte (DE)
2019  „More Cars, Clothes and Cabbages“, Blumberg Gallery, Potsdam (DE)
2018  „Autofocus“, Duo-Show with David Schikora, Jarvis Dooney Gallery, Berlin (DE)
2018 „More Cars, Clothes and Cabbages“,  Fotografische Gesellschaft Trier, Treves (DE)
2018  “The search for the Original Plant”, MINIMUM, Palermo (IT)
2017 „More Cars, Clothes and Cabbages“, Soiz Gallery, Passau (DE)
2016  “How to structure Things in Space”, Duo exhibition with Andrea Grützner, exp12, Berlin (DE)
2016 „More Cars, Clothes and Cabbages“, 25books, Berlin (DE)
2015 „Nichts für ungut“, Gallery Alles Mögliche, Berlin (DE)
2014  Fenster61, Berlin (DE)
2014 „Collocations“, Kapelle am Urban, Berlin (DE)
2013 „Wild & Sauerkraut“, Foxhole Gallery, Berlin (DE)
2012 „Being Prepared“, Fotopension Köln, Cologne (DE)
2012 „Schmuck“, Fenster61, Berlin (DE)
2009  Kunst-Kombinat Trier, Treves (DE)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS  [selection]
2020  “reGeneration4”, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (CH)
2020  „60 Days of Lockdown“, A4 Art Museum online, Chengdu (CN)
2019  “12+12”, ep.contemporary, Berlin (DE)
2019  “Sino Grün”, insitu stuuc, Berlin (DE)
2019  “Square Bricks and Round Heads” installation for  “Mur(s)”, PhotoHouse, Arles (FR)
2019  “Show your Darling IV”, Atelier Sabine Wild, Berlin (DE)
2018  „anscheinend_BERLIN“, EMOP Berlin, Galerie Ruhnke, Potsdam (DE)
2018  „Answers Without Words“, Paragon Arts Gallery, Portland (US)
2018  Photo Book Showcase, Singapore International Photography Festival (SG)
2018  „Wunderkammer“, Gallery Sehnsucht, Rotterdam (NL)
2018  „Femmes, qui êtes vous?“, ParisBerlin, Arles (FR)
2018  Postcard Salon, Jarvis Dooney Gallery, Berlin (DE)
2017  „Errance Blanche“, Fotohaus, Arles (FR)
2017  Head On Photo Festival, Sydney (AU)
2017  „Living Inventory“, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin (DE)
2017  Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel 2017 (DE)
2016  10+10=21, Minimum, Palermo (IT)
2016  Shortlist presentation of the photo book dummy award, UNSEEN Amsterdam (NL)
2016  „Die Erfindung des Realen“, European Month of Photography Berlin, Rechenzentrum Potsdam (DE)
2016  Kaunas Photo Festival, (LT)
2016  „FAUX“, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (US)
2016  #Memory-Archive, Photobook Melbourne (AU)
2015  5 Jahre, exp12, Berlin (DE)
2015  OPUS-Photo Award Exhibition, HBKsaar, Saarbrücken (DE)/ Thionville (FR) / CCRN Luxembourg (LU)
2015  „CONTEXT 2015“ of the Filter Foto Festival, Chicago (US)
2015  Circulation(s) exhibition for children, Beaux arts Museum, Locle (CH)
2015  Circulation(s) Festival for young European photography, Paris (FR)
……….Projections of the selection 2015 at Fotografia Europea – Reggio Emilia (IT), Lódz Fotofestiwal (PL),
……….Format Festival (GB), Encontros da Imagem de Braga (PT), Belfast Foto Festival (IE)

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……….BIP Biennale internationale de la Photographie et des Arts visuels de Liège (BE))
2014  „Smích a zapomnění…  Laughter and Forgetting“, ArtinBox Gallery, Prague (CZ)
2014  „New Cats in Art Photography“, Humble Arts Foundation New York (online)
2014/15 International Print Competition 157 of the Royal Photographic Society, London (GB)
……….Berkeley Gallery, Royal Albert Hall/ London; Waterfront Hall/ Belfast; Banbury Museum/ Oxford;
……….Shire Hall Gallery/ Stafford;
Aberystwyth Arts Centre/ Wales
2014  „FEX – Experimental Photography and Pictures from the Underground“, Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund (DE)
2014  UrbanSpree, Berlin:  The Photocopy Club (DE)
2014  „Hinter den Bildern“, Atelier für Fotografie, Berlin (DE)
2013  Hotel Bogota, Berlin: Kleister  / Kaetha-Project (DE)

2013  „Local Colors May Vary #Berlin“, curated collective slideshow from ACMV
2013  Encontros da Imagem, Presentation of Photographers, Braga, (PT)
2013  Slideluck Potshow Dublin in conjunction with PhotoIreland Festival (IE)
2013/14/15  Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Collective Show of Finalists, Tbilisi (GE)
2013  „The Visual Archive“ of ANT!FOTO at Photo Weekend Duesseldorf (DE)
2012  Kaunas Photo Festival, Presentation of Finalists, Kaunas (LT)
2012  Arte Laguna Prize exhibition, Arsenale di Venezia/ Venice (IT)
2011  Le Dictateur Gallery, Milan, launch exhibition of Unpublished magazine, issue #3 (IT)
2008/09  Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst Trier e.V., Treves (DE)
2008  Galerie ART-HAUS, Bad Bertrich (DE)

AWARDS / HONORS
2018  IPC Latitude Life Photography Competition: Third Prize, Category Street (IT)
2018  Finalist Guernsey Photography Festival Competition, Guernsey (GG)
2017  PDN Photo Annual Awards, photo book „More Cars, Clothes and Cabbages“, New York (US)
2017 „Off Keel“ shortlisted at Kassel Dummy Award, Kassel (DE)
2016 Scholarship Open Spine by Michela Palermo, Nico Baumgarten, FUAM Istanbul (TR)
2016 „inclined“ shortlisted at photo book dummy award UNSEEN Amsterdam (NL)
2015  Street Photography 2015 Contest by PDN and Acuity Press, New York (US)
2015  OPUS Kulturmagazin Photo-Award, Saarbrücken (DE)
2015  Finalist Licher Fotopreis (DE)
2015  Nominated for the Blooom Award (DE)
2015  Shortlisted in Felix Schoeller Photo Award (DE)
2014  Award of BERLINER LISTE – Contemporary Art Fair, Berlin (DE)
2013/14/15  Shortlisted in Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award (GE)
2013  Honorable Mention in International Kontinent Photography Awards
2012  Arte Laguna Prize, Venice (IT)

PUBLICATIONS
2018       ZEIT Magazin #38
2018        Nido #2
2017        ZEIT Magazin #45 + International Issue
2017        DFA Magazin #33 of Deutsche Fotografische Akademie
2017        Die Nacht #20
2017        PHOTONEWS 10/17
2017        Humble Cats: New Cats in Art Photography, Yoffy Press
2017        PDN Photo District News, #06/2017
2017        Der Greif #10
2017        Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel 2017 Catalog
2017        FineArtPrinter magazine 02/2017
2016        More Cars, Clothes and Cabbages, Peperoni Books, ISBN 978-3-941825-97-0
2016        Living Inventory, group exhibition catalog, Kettler
2016        Kaunas Photo 2016 Catalog: New Urban Narratives
2015        Street Photography 2015 by PDN and Acuity Press
2015        OPUS Kulturmagazin Photo Award 2015 – catalog
2015        DFA Magazin #31 of Deutsche Fotografische Akademie
2015        Circulation(s) 2015 catalog
01,03/2015  fisheye magazine #10/#12, Paris
2014        FEX – Pictures from the Underground, catalog from Kettler publisher
03/2014 Brennpunkt Magazin for Photography
2013/14/15 Kolga Tbilisi Photo catalogs
12/2011  Der Greif, Jubilee Issue #5
12/2011  Unpublished Magazine, Issue #3, Milan
07/2011  CarneMag, Issue #11, Buenos Aires
06/2011  NEON

COLLECTION
JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, New York

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