Christina Glanz

Christina Glanz was born in 1946 in the Eichsfeld/Thuringia, a rural area in the center of Germany where she spent her early childhood. When she was 11 years old she moved with her parents to the outskirts of Berlin and experienced the exciting cultural life of Berlin. After she graduated from highschool she studied architecture in Dresden and in Berlin-Weissensee. She then started working at the state department for urban design, where she was concerned with the development of the district Marzan of Berlin. She stopped this work in favour of a research assistantship in architecture and photography at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee. She was accepted at the Association of Visual Artists (Verband Bildender Künstler) of the GDR and has since been working as a freelancing photographer.
Her photographs go ‘against the grain’- as in her pictures that show the feelings of protestors at state-imposed events. After the reunification of Germany, she started a long-term project in which she documented specific aspects of the abolition of the steel- and coal industries at the Niederlausitz, specifically in Lauchhammer. During this time she discovered colour-photography for herself.
Her photographs invite the viewer to take a second glance at portraits and at objects created by humans, which evokes an empathetic understanding. Her latest major project was a photographical interpretion of life in the Swedish province of Småland, resulting in the exhibition “Auf der bewaldeten Klippe” (“On the tree covered cliff”, 2015), which explores the more irrational, folkloristic context, that embeds the local export-oriented industry.

1946 Born in Küllstedt/Eichsfeld
1966-1972 Diploma studies in architecture at the Technischen Universität Dresden and the Kunsthochschule Berlin
1967 Birth of daughter Katrin
1972-1979 Working as an architect in Berlin. From 1973 on at the „Büro für Städtebau“
1976 Transition to photography
1979-1981 Research Assistantship in Architectur/Photography at the Kunsthochschule Berlin
1982 Member of the artist’s association of the GDR (VBK)
2003 Scholarship „Das andere Stipendium“, working scholarship from the East-German Sparkassen-Foundation
since 1981 Freelancing photographer, living in Berlin
1991-2011 Extended stays in Niederlausitz for the long-term project about the changes in the local industrial space
Move to Oranienburg/Eden

Solo exhibitions – selection

1992           “Lauchhammer-Demontierte Geschichte“, Frankfurt am Main
1993           “Lauchhammer-Demontierte Geschichte“, Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer
1996           “Schwarz/Weiss Fotografien, Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer
1999           “Schwarz/Weiß – Fotografien“, Museum Industriekultur Osnabrück
1999           “Mnemosyne”; “Spuren” – Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt Osnabrück
2003           “Jugend in der Niederlausitz“, Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) Fürst-Pückler-Land
2003           “Spuren 1“, Vestas Deutschland GmbH, Lauchhammer
2007/08     “Frankreich – Der Mensch, das Land, die Energie“, Vestas Blades Deutschland GmbH, Lauchhammer
2010/11     “Ansichtssachen. Mensch. Produkt. Werk” Galerie BASF Schwarzheide GmbH
2010/12     “Die letzte Schicht'”, Sächsisches Industriemuseum-Knappenrode
2015           “Auf der bewaldeten Klippe” (“På den skogsklädda klippan”), Museum Europäischer Kulturen Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
2016           “Türporträts”, Galerie A, Berlin
2016           “På den skogsklädda klippan”, Jönköpings Läns Museum, Schweden
2019/20     “Im Zwischenland”, Bibliothek des ZZF Potsdam


Participation in exhibitions – selection

1982      IX. Kunstausstellung der DDR, Dresden
1982      “Jugend“, Galerie Sophienstraße 8 Berlin
1987      X. Kunstausstellung der DDR, Dresden
1990      “DDR-Frauen fotografieren“, Galerie Haus am Lützowplatz Berlin / Museum für Fotografie, Braunschweig
1998      “Fotografie und Gedächtnis”, Fotogalerie Helsingforser Platz, Berlin / Friedrichshain
2003      “Fotografie und Gedächtnis“, Cottbuser Kunstmuseum
2004      “Landschaft und Bergbau“ – Bildende Kunst der Lausitz im 20. Jahrhundert, Internationale Bauausstellung Fürst-Pückler-Land
2005      “Utopie und Wirklichkeit – Ostdeutsche Fotografie 1956 -1989“ , Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin
2014      “Grenzbegegnungen”, Galerie BASF Schwarzheide GmbH
2019      “Ost-Berlin – Die halbe Hauptstadt”, Ephraim-Palais, Berlin
2022      “Aufbrüche.Abbrüche.Umbrüche. Kunst in Ost-Berlin 1985-1995” Museum Ephraim-Palais, Berlin
2023      “An den Rändern taumelt das Glück. Die späte DDR in der Fotografie”, ACC Galerie Weimar


Photographs currently held in the following collections

Photographische Sammlung der Brandenburgischen Kunstsammlungen Cottbus; Deutsches Historisches Museum; Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin; Fotografische Sammlung Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin; Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; Internationale Bauausstellung Fürst-Pückler-Land; Vestas Blades Deutschland GmbH; Scholz AG; sowie in privater Sammlung.


23 prose texts with photographs by Christina Glanz
Verlag der Nation; 1 (01.01.1989), ISBN-10: 3373003199, ISBN-13: 3373003199

Signifikante Signaturen 2004
Photographs 1992-2004
Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung, Sandstein Verlag (01.12.2004), ISBN 978-3-937602-21-9