Katja Stuke‘s photography has always been about portraits, the faces of people in the streets. While filming on Tiananmen Square in 2011 during Guóqìng jié, the Chinese National Holiday, she asked herself: What do they actually know? Do they think about it? Did they ever know or do they try to forget? Do they care about the historic significance of the Square?
Katja Stuke also went to Hong Kong in 2014. During the 25th anniversary remembrance events of pro-democracy protests on June 4, 2014 she took portraits of protestors who demand “give the students their history back” and who don’t want to forget.
Katja Stuke and her partner Oliver Sieber cover an extensive range of personas: photographers and artists, curators and exhibition organizers, designers and art book editors. It is not always easy to determine where one identity ends and the other begins. Regardless, in their works and activities as artists and art facilitators they have long since become moderators of a very specific photographic culture. (Florian Ebner, 2011) ks68.de