Armin Linke was born in 1966 in Milan. As a photographer and filmmaker he
analyses the formation or the ‘Gestaltung’(meaning design) of our natural,
technological and urban environment. His photographs and films function as
tools to become aware of the continuous interaction in this diverse space.
Through working with his own, as well as with other media archives, Linke
challenges the conventions of photographic practice, whereby the question of
how photography is installed and displayed becomes increasingly important.
Linke’s work has been exhibited at prestigious art institutions including Centre
Pompidou, Paris (2018); Tate Gallery, London (2015); Fotomuseum, Winterthur
(2015); PAC, Milan (2017); Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2017); Centre de la
Photographie Genève (2017). He was Research Affiliate at MIT Visual Arts
Program Cambridge, guest professor at the IUAV Arts and Design University in
Venice and professor for photography at the University for Arts and Design
Karlsruhe. He lives in Berlin.
Artist and filmmaker, Armin Linke is internationally renowned for his photographs and expansive archive, in which he documents the rapid changes occurring at the earth’s surface both photographically and in moving images. The pictures collected in Linke’s archive constitute a resource for developing an understanding of the human impact on planet earth - from seabed to rainforests to agrarian territories. Special attention is devoted to the relationship between life worlds and landscapes on one hand, and the abstractions of science, economics, and politics that transform the planet, on the other. The archive raises questions with regard to the relationship between planetary processes, political institutions, and science. The big format books shown at the Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 are original photographic prints designed to create three image-sequence in which one image relates to exterior and open landscapes, the other to interior and enclosed locations, and the third one to objects in space. The books work as a kind of ‘editing machine’ that brings into relation, the places and time that have hitherto seemed disconnected. The books ask of the viewer to create, through an awareness of and thinking about possible interconnections and the social and economic forces, that brought to the shaping of the spaces and objects depicted.