Contact Sheet 138: Beatrix Reinhardt
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Light Work (August 15, 2006)
This catalogue features the work of German photographer Beatrix Reinhardt. The images of her Club Series take an inside look at members-only clubs worldwide, which Reinhardt views as special entities that provide a community for their members while excluding everybody else. She began work on the series during her time as a resident artist at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in 2003. While in Australia she joined a few social clubs, as many Australians do. Through her experience as a member of clubs herself, she was able to socialize and then had the idea for the series. Her images capture the marks left behind by members of the club–they are devoid of people, but speak volumes about the club’s members.
Throughout all of her residencies since then, Reinhardt has spent time photographing the members-only clubs around the world that she finds so fascinating. When deciding where to try for a residency, she likes to think about what country she would like to visit, and then look there for different opportunities that are available.
This catalogue includes an essay by Hannah Frieser.
Beatrix Reinhardt grew up in Jena, East Germany and received her BA at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin, studying New German Literature. She first moved to the United States in 1993 to study at the New School of Social Research in New York City. After receiving her MA in Media Studies, she went on to obtain her MFA from Illinois State University. She has lived in the US off and on since that time.
She has participated in artist residencies all over the world, including Australia, India, China, and in the US. She participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in January 2006.Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in Madrid, Spain; Birmingham, England; Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN; and Pittsburgh, PA; and Finland, among other places. She is currently an assistant professor of photography at the College of Staten Island.