Steffi Klenz – So To Speak

Posted by Fabio 12 December 2018

So To Speak tells the story of a separation through visual poetry and photographic imagery. The writing and photographs are the product of the period of one year of grief the artist experienced after the moment her long-term relationship ended and while still living in the same house as her former partner. The artist uses her daily walks as a quotidian ritual to enter into a dialogue with the spaces she encounters: buildings, objects and places act as triggers for her memory. The buildings and architectural scenes provide a means to harness her internal thinking, allowing her to be with and in architecture, meeting herself at the same time.

So To Speak ‘installs’ the artist’s textual reflections and collaged imagery, aiming to question the role of representation and communication in photography, focusing on dichotomies of image and text. In Klenz’ book, the two representational systems — visual and verbal- cross paths but also undermine the other’s self-conscious claim as the authoritative language system.