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Fabian Rockenfeller (b.1986 in Neuwied/GER) is a german freelance photographer and filmmaker based in Bielefeld.
He studied Photography and Media at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in 2013 and currently continues his studies as a Masters student. In addition to extended academic studies at universities in Seoul and London, he assisted various commercial and editorial photographers around Europe.
His work focuses on portraiture, storytelling for editorial and commercial projects along with media-reflective artistic subjects. He is currently collaborating with the art book publisher Seltmann+Söhne on an upcoming book publication of his work.
Nominee, Voies Off Award 2015
Juli 2015, Arles, France
Winner, Geschossen + Gedruckt 2014
June 2014, Seltmann+Söhne Germany
July 2011, DAAD Germany
Publications & Clients
Steigenberger Hotels AG
Gruner + Jahr GmbH & Co. KG
Stern Medien GmbH
Der Greif Magazine
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co. KG
Bundesverband der Personalmanager E.v.
University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld
Mostwanted Marketing Agency
Photonic Moments Festival
June 2016, ZCR Atrium, Ljubljana, Slovenia
September 2015, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
Voies Off 2015 - Night Screenings
July 2015, Place de la République, Arles, France
THE GAZE - Solo Exhibition
May 2015, Chung Ang Gallery 64, Seoul, South Korea
March 2015, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Unit 4, Groupshow
June 2010, London Collage of Communcation, London, UK
6010 Film & Videofestival
May 2011 Viktoria Movietheater Hilchenbach, Germany
made with Lay Theme
Artist Lars Rosenbohm
Portrait of Tamar
Portrait of Tilman
Portrait of Jay Da Costa
Artist Renke Brandt
Van de grens
We are knowledge-oriented beings. But: what can we explain, completely and rationally? What phenomena elude our rational view of the world, and remain hidden behind the veil of the mysterious? The Photographer acts as intermediary between the rational approach of the ages of enlightenment and a romantic-age transfiguration, creating a synthesis between the aspects of modern-day science and the desire for natural beauty.
“van de grens” is a series of photographs capturing the identity of Enschede(Netherlands) which, as a border town, is not only geographically at the intersection of two cultural regions, but also reflecting the current development of the town as a place of knowledge and culture.
Commissioned by Steigenberger Hotels AG.
‘Urban Membrane’ portrays a state of constant flow and dynamic change echoing modern life in an era of demanding individual adaptation. Here the Surface plain and flat or under tension and distorted, can be read as a seismograph of an inner transformation.
Think others unravels the human urge to classify its environment and furthermore highlights its resulting far-reaching negative consequences. Photographs and documents of various kinds set out a wide range of subjects within the work, from colonial representations of the ‚other’ trough to everyday practises of collecting, measuring and categorizing.
As the viewer tries to put the presented images into context, Think others unfolds a system of prejudiced classifications that determines several human (inter)actions and perpetuates the idea of categories with distinct values. The work questions the moral dimension within this system and stresses the often underlying relation between categorisation and oppression.
Exploitation of self
The series ‚Exploitation of self‘ deals with the modern zeitgeist of the working world and the negative psychological effects that work can have on us.
Work has traditionally always had connections to terms like struggle, exertion or burden. The origins of the term already imply being unfree or at least having a great deal of imposition.
Contrary, work nowadays is often considered to be the essential foundation of freedom and happiness in life. To some extent work, in connection with an inner need for success, became the central point of reference in the definition of our own existence.
But as soon as a career evolves into the most intimate expression of personality, conditions are favorable to a self-destructive tendency.The pursuit of success, money and professional acknowledgement thereby stokes up the flames that spur us, while making us blind for the depletion from within ourselves. Thus we dance as slaves of the post- modern Zeitgeist unwavering all the warning signs around the Golden Calf called work.