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  • Written by Emily Pink

JUERGEN TELLER’S “I NEED TO LIVE”: THE ART OF HUMAN EXISTENCE


Courtesy Grand Palais

Photographer Juergen Teller’s latest exhibition, entitled “i need to live” is running at the Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris from 16 December 2023. The exhibition promises to portray the moments in Teller’s life that have most shaped his work – from the most enlivening to the deeply introspective. The exhibition will be Teller’s largest to date, blending videography, artistic installations, and photography in a visceral depiction of his creative prowess.


Juergen Teller was born in Erlangen, Germany in 1964. He went on to study in Munich at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie before establishing his career as a photographer by being featured in Vogue and winning the prestigious Citibank Photography Prize in 2003. He is perhaps best known for his diverse ability to capture candid images of famous faces, fashion editorials and bold campaign photography.

Teller has been co-creating art with his wife, Dovile Drizyte, capturing the essence of their devotion to each other and their children. Often, Juergen Teller’s photography leans into concepts of the grotesque and comedic, while also reflecting the art of being vulnerable and entirely human.


Teller, a master photographer in both commercial and contemporary artistic spheres, has developed “i need to live” alongside London-based 6a architects, who have ensured that Teller’s vision can be realized within the expansive Grand Palais Éphémère. The company, who developed Teller’s artist’s photography studio in 2016, have a keen understanding of how the creative wishes for his art to be perceived by those admiring it. Exhibition curator, Thomas Weski, explained that “the exhibition design facilitates different viewing experiences for the visitor, allowing close-up and comparative studies as well as extended overviews – even through to the adjacent Eiffel Tower.”


Juergen Teller’s  “i need to live” will be available to visit from 10 am to 7 pm daily until 9 January in Paris, before touring to the Triennale Milano in Spring 2024.

 



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