The Polygon Gallery

101 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3J4, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7M 3J4
The Polygon Gallery, the Goethe-Institut, and AFM INC present Black Box—an installation by German photographer and famed Berghain doorman Sven Marquardt, featuring an accompanying sound component by Marcel Dettmann. This is a free event, but is subject to a limited capacity.

As of January 13th, the installation will be moving to CELEBRITIES UNDERGROUND — 1024 Davie St. where it will be open to public viewing 2pm to 8pm daily until January 20th.


Black Box with Sven Marquardt and Marcel Dettmann
Friday, January 12
8PM Doors open
9PM–9:30PM Sven Marquardt in conversation with Attila Richard Lukacs
9:30PM–11:00pm Performance of the Black Box
FREE. Subject to a limited capacity.

Black Box with Sven Marquardt and Marcel Dettmann
Saturday, January 13 through Saturday, January 20
2:00pm-8:00pm DAILY Black Box Installation

in partnership with Blueprint Events, Celebrities Nightclub & Pacific Rhythm

“Every picture by Sven Marquardt heralds the start of autumn,” as once
aptly observed by Christoph Tannert, artistic director of Berlin’s
Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Marquardt’s work combines formal severity and
clear imagery with bleak impermanence, impresses through interaction of
ease, severity and the dramatic art of monochrome contrasting. The everchanging
metropolis of Berlin has shaped Marquardt’s sensibility for striking
characters, his sense for the unusual in humanity and his artistic subject.
Born 1962 in East Berlin Sven Marquardt was a defining part of the emerging
Punk, New Wave and arts scene in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood from
the mid 1980s. With the fall of the Berlin Wall he halted his work as a
photographer and immersed himself in the reunited city’s rising night club
scene. The subject-matter of ‘Night’ left a strong impression on Marquardt
since the end of the 90s due to his work as a doorman at the Ostgut club.
Marquardt has been working on the door of Berghain since 2004 and from
2007 onwards he’s been significantly involved in the visual appearance of
the club’s in-house record label Ostgut Ton. In 2010 his first book Zukünftig
Vergangen was published, followed by Heiland and Wild Verschlossen (all
published by Mitteldeutscher Verlag), 2014 saw the publication of his
autobiography Die Nacht ist Leben (Ullstein Extra).
Today Marquardt is considered the only East Berlin photographer whose
work follows the tradition of visual artists Arno Fischer and Sibylle
Bergemann combined with an avid emphasis on fashion. This blend lead to
contemporary cooperations with fashion lines such as Hugo Boss and Levi’s
on the one hand and Germany’s cultural institution Goethe Institut on the
other. Marquardt’s artistic vision creates suggestive contrasts rife with
inextricable friction through his considered compositions. His strict use of
analogue cameras and use of daylight is as crucial for his photographs as
the defying looks, the staged, vibrant semi-nudes and the symbiotic play of
his subjects with symbolic poses and accessories.
Marquardt’s body of work has stood the test of time of major societal and
cultural changes. His photography seems classic, the underlying contents of
his images merge past, present and future. There are echoes of
transformation and reformation in his work, as in one of mankind’s oldest
symbols of the snake shedding its skin.

Marquardt will be in attendance for this event and will deliver an artist talk at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm attendees are invited to enter the Black Box, an immersive chamber of Marquardt’s photography and Dettmann’s music.

Part of Germany @ Canada 2017
Partners from Immigration to Innovation

Developed and co-presented by the Goethe-Institut and The Polygon Gallery

— About The Polygon Gallery
Known as Presentation House Gallery for nearly four decades, The Polygon Gallery is a non-collecting Canadian public art gallery with a focus on photography and media-based art.

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