A solo exhibition by photographer Juergen Teller, titled Heimweh, the show explores his own fairy tales and questions German clichés and traditions. Many of the works are shown in public for the first time. Set up as an interplay between large-scale formats and smaller pictures.
Heimweh centres on the concept of homesickness, a re-evaluation of Teller’s German identity and his position as a European immigrant to the UK in the midst of the ongoing Brexit uncertainty. One of the most defining works within the exhibition is a portrait of Kristin Scott Thomas wearing the ‘EUnify’ hoodie from the KÖNIG SOUVENIR range. Shot with Teller’s typically honest approach, her unrelenting, hollow eyed stare embodies the sense of shock and disbelief at the UK’s prospect of departure. This openness and authenticity when capturing his subjects is fundamental to the success of Teller’s practice. Marking their ten-year friendship that evolved after Teller took Johann König’s portrait for a Russian magazine that was never published, this exhibition dwells on König’s admiration for Teller’s ability to “make everyone equal” with his “no frills’ snapshot aesthetic.