No. 24—2024

Because You Want To Be Loved

Lennart Brede

Info: Anna Laudel Düsseldorf presents Berlin and London based photographer Lennart Brede’s solo exhibition titled Because You Want To Be Loved. Based on the idea of surviving on earth, finding spontaneous community through affinity and friendship as a way of life, the exhibition shows a selective vision of the world through the eyes of the artist. The exhibition centers around photographs titled The Washing and Lola. The Washing captures an athlete and model Lenny Müller on a rarely seen hot summer day in Berlin. In the image, the muscular Lenny Müller stares from in front of the sheets into Brede’s camera while iconising the seduction. Despite how in control and competent Brede is at harnessing the mirage of hipness, punkness, and sweat that defined nightlife in the 90s, at his works he pushes himself and his model far outside of their comfort zone. Our gaze rests on his lowered head and body, reflected as tired and exhausted at the motif. The image breaks through the symbolic world to glimpse the real one. (…)

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