Dear Shaded Viewers,
Juergen Teller’s new solo show at Suzanne Tarasieve Paris was produced over the last two years to a world slowly emerging from the global pandemic.
The work is an expression of the productive and playful collaboration that exists between him and his wife/muse Dovile Drizyte.
We are Building our Future Together (2021) features Juergen and Dovile clad in high visibility work wear, pictured in construction sites in Venice and Napoli, where they got married this summer. As a viewer, we are invited to witness their performative and suggestive interventions with the surrounding paraphernalia – the road signs, pipes, drills, saws and machinery, producing a comic narrative that is symbolic of their fruitful and trusting relationship. As a development from his past series, Plates/Teller (2016), which acknowledged his namesake, each image has been imprinted on ceramic plates as well as conventional prints. Candid photographs of the wedding ceremony itself are interwoven into this editioned mixed-media art installation, creating a unique and engaging celebration of their marriage.
The exhibition breaks down the boundary between inside and outside, with original Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2021 advertising photographs adorning the gallery walls, alongside in-situ images of their previous SS2019 campaign installed within the Parisian cityscape as fly posters, on bus shelters, in the metro or emblazoned across sweeping stairwells. Outside, the audience can see images from Teller’s latest campaigns for both Saint Laurent and Loewe sweeping across the city’s streets once more.
His editorial story, If You Pay Attention (2019), published in the Summer/Autumn 2020 issue of Arena Homme Plus, which was made in collaboration with, and starring his wife, Dovile, documented their beguiling, yet ultimately hazardous trip to Iran that coincided with the killing of General Soleimani and the unintentional shooting down of the Ukranian Airlines plane. This indirect kind of social commentary is an effective strategy, highlighting certain issues from his direct personal experience and making people think about what they are actually looking at.
SUZANNE TARASIEVE PARIS 7, rue Pastourelle F-75003 Paris