Stefanie Schneider

About Artist: Stefanie Schneider (born 1968 in Cuxhaven) is a German photographer living in Berlin and Los Angeles. Schneider's photographic work utilizes the distinctive appearance of expired Polaroid instant film and are shown in art galleries worldwide. Her artworks are enlarged by hand in her Berlin "Labudio" laboratory. Random visual artifacts can be found in the resulting imagery, a consequence of planned deterioration of the chemicals and film involved. Schneider's preferred choice of location is the American West (especially Twentynine Palms, California, which served as location and title to one of her books), and the mounting of sequential images in a panel, the photographs evoke the impression of faded dreamy film stills. Schneider's work is released in books and exhibition catalogs. She holds a MFA in photography from the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. Schneider completed "29 Palms, CA" in 2014. A feature film, art piece that explores the dreams and fantasies of a group of people who live in a trailer community in the Californian desert. The project includes six films: "Hitchhiker", "Rene's dream", "Sidewinder", "Till death do us part", "Heather's dream" and "The girl behind the white picket fence". A defining feature is the use of still Polaroid images in succession and voice over. Characters talk to themselves about their ambitions, memories, hopes and dreams. The latest of these short film is "Heather's dream", starring Heather Megan Christie and Udo Kier, and was selected in May 2013 by the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and is also nominated for the 2013 German short film award.

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