Astrid Reischwitz: Spin Club Stories
I have been a fan of Astrid Reischwitz‘s exquisite layered photo collages for years and I’m thrilled to share that she has released a beautiful new monograph, Spin Club Stories, published by Kehrer Verlag. Her work is also being featured in the Ties That Bind | Threaded Narratives Exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography that opens on March 2 running through April 16, with a Reception on March 2, 6-8 PM. The exhibition also includes work by Carolle Benitah and JP Terlizzi.
You can purchase Spin Club Stories here.
I remember hiding beneath my grandmother’s beautifully adorned coffee table as a child. I can still hear the lilt of voices as she and the women in her Spinneklump, chatted above me in the local Plattdeutsch dialect. In our small farming village of Bortfeld in Lower Saxony, Germany,small groups of women used to meet regularly to spin wool, knit clothes, and embroider fabrics for the home, just like the generations of women before them.The hard-ships of farming and events of World War II cast a shadow over the villagers that can still be felt today. As they stitched, these women shared personal stories, offering moral support and advice which became a social glue joining many of them together over the duration of their lives. In a tiny village so bound by tradition, the spin club became a way to keep customs alive,until eventually, they shared anecdotes over coffee and cake instead of needlework. My work transforms this tradition of storytelling into a visual journey. – Astrid Reischwitz
Astrid Reischwitz is a lens-based artist whose work explores storytelling from a personal perspective. Her projects include intimate views of private spaces, and reflections on her own history and values. Using keepsakes from family life, old photographs, and storytelling strategies, she builds a visual world of memory, identity, place, and home. Her current work incorporates embroidery and examines personal and collective memory influenced by her upbringing in Germany.
Reischwitz has exhibited at national and international museums and galleries including the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Newport Art Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, Danforth Art Museum, Photographic Resource Center, The Center for Fine Art Photography (CO), Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, Center for Photographic Art (CA), FotoNostrum, BBA Gallery, Dina Mitrani Gallery and Gallery Kayafas. She has received multiple awards, including the 2020 Griffin Award at the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Multimedia Award at the 2020 San Francisco Bay International Photo Awards. Her series “Spin Club Tapestry” was selected as a Juror’s Pick at the 2021 LensCulture Art Photography Awards and is the Series Winner at the 2021 Siena International Photo Awards. She is a four-time Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 photographer and is a Mass Cultural Council 2021 Artist Fellowship Finalist in Photography. Her first monograph Spin Club Stories was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2022. It was shortlisted for the 2022 Lucie Photo Book Prize and received Silver placement at the 2022 Budapest International Foto Awards.
Reischwitz is a graduate of the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, with a PhD in Chemistry. After moving to the US, she fell in love with photography and began her journey to explore life through creating art.
She is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston, Massachusetts.
Follow Astrid Reischwitz on instagram: @astridreischwitz
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