Sonja Braas’ work (*1968 in Siegen) is fascinating and secretive at the same time. Majestic to dramatic perspectives on nature or irritatingly detailed structures are frequent topics in her work. But they somehow seem strange and artificial. This impression is part of her concept, as the photographs are taken from models, that she previously constructed with extraordinary precision in her studio. Enigmatic, sometimes uncanny scenes are frozen in time. In her new series „An Abundance of Caution“ - having their debut in our current exhibition - Braas stays true to her visual and artistic concept, while introducing new topics at the same time. Her models still work as a basis for ideal and perfect images that simulate natural phenomena, manmade objects or structures. From the very beginning of her career, she addresses the idea of a certain media-influenced image of nature and the complex world around the individual. It is the ubiquitous nature of the media that generates the demand for an “authentic” representation. She studied Visuelle Kommunikation and Foto-Filmdesign at the Fachhochschule Dortmund in 1991 and in 1992/1993 at the Parsons School of Design, New York. In 1995/1996, she received a Fulbright Scholarship for fotography at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She lives and works in Germany and New York and her works are part of international Collections like Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg, Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Munich RE and EON AG.
Interview with Sonja Braas to the exhibtion: http://www.galerietanit.com/special-feature/sonja-braas