atelier thal is the office and studio space of Sandra Singh and Francesco Giordano who work as visual artists and freelance photographers. In the centre of Thalkirchen in Munich, their atelier is intended as a space for creating as well as a meeting place and venue for smaller events, such as the annual open atelier day in December.
Sandra Singh, a German Indian visual artist, photographer and art educator living and working in Munich, Germany. In her artistic practice, Singh works at the intersection of photography, printmaking, and performance. She pursues projects and research on the themes of border politics, female autonomy and migrant identity.
In her works, she focuses on the complex relationship between documentation and fiction and a playful questioning of their boundaries. This is visualised in projects like “in conflict (borders)”, a collection of alt-printing works which are based on her ongoing intensive research into current surveillance policies, satellite technology and cartography.
With her current project “YOU WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND” she examines motherhood as a patriarchal concept and prime expectation of society for all women. Playing with concepts of fertility as a weapon and bodily autonomy as a feminist fight, Singh wants to create a dialogue through a series of staged photographs, collections of statements and collages.
In her research, the process focuses on personal encounters through conversations, collection of statements and a fusing of emotional and journalistic approaches to politics and histories. For instance, in "a promise of land" (2021) and "ararat (I)" (2019) Singh uses photography as a tool of visual investigation by merging aesthetics of surveillance technology, fine art photography and aspects of photojournalism. "Your nature Is fake" (2022), her latest work pursued at her residency with Schiesslhaus AiR, examines the perception of nature and relations to land usage in a staged confrontation by installing glowing light boxes with deconstructed satellite pictures in the Bavarian Forest. As a member of collectives like “Diversify.Photo” and “Women Photograph”, the post-migrant, feminist perspective is at the centre of her artistic interpretation of these themes.
Francesco Giordano is a Spanish-Italian photographer and creative artist living and working in Munich, Germany. He has dedicated himself to projects focused on LGBTQIA+ themes and migration.
Giordano uses photography to highlight societal themes by creating more visibility for marginalised groups and queer issues. He experiments with creative techniques such as long time exposures, shifts and strong colours to create more tension. The most important aspect for him is to portray his protagonists with pride and dignity. With a background in design studies, where target groups, comprehensibility and sustainability have an importance, Giordano's conceptual work also focuses on accessibility and inclusivity.
In addition to his work as a photographer, Giordano also operates as a curator, a community organiser and creative artist. In his projects, these roles all come together by putting on interdisciplinary exhibitions and events in public space: In „Rainbow Refugees (Stories)“ (2019), „377. Inside India’s Queer Community“ (2020) and „queer:raum“ (2022) his goal is to bring people together, to create a stage and to find collaborators in society that help him to initiate awareness. Giordano is inspired by diversity, the cohesion of communities and their striving to improve society.
Giordano’s current project, „Queer Generations“, aims to create a bridge between young photographers and LGBTQIA+ seniors. The result will be a photography exhibition in June 2024 showcasing portraits and conversations between the generations. The project explores themes of queer struggles past and present, the loss of biographies, when there are no descendants and the rising importance of chosen families.
Events & exhibitions
*Sandra Singh *Francesco Giordano
** Man Spricht Deutsch @ FLORIDA Lothringer 13 [14. - 17.12.2023]
"Man spricht Deutsch" is a biographical, multimedia art project that deals with everyday racism, German migration history and the media landscape of the 1990s. The goal is to create a space for encounters and exchange for Munich residents with a migration background through an exhibition and various participation projects. After the successful funding commitment by the BBK - Verbindungslinien 2023 we have started since 01.06.2023 with the production of the individual works and exhibition planning. We are very happy that we can do a first presentation of the project at FLORIDA Lothringer 13 this December.
*DENKRAUM DEUTSCHLAND 2023 - HEY ALTER! [14. - 22.10.2023]
From 14 October, Francesco and five other queer photographers will be showing a preview of their new photo project Mit Euren Spuren. At the same time, they are launching a crowdfunding campaign to realise a photo book with their project. The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 15 October at 2 pm. The exhibition will run until 22 October and offers a supporting programme. More information can be found here.
02/23 - *Panty Paradise, Kösk, Munich
03/23 - **International weeks against racism, Alte Utting, Munich
04/23 - *Border//Lines, super+Centercourt, Munich
05/23 *Sacharoffs Legacy, Habibi Kiosk, Munich
06/23 *queer:raum X Galerie Einwand: Wer bin ich wo?, Münchner Stadtmuseum
06/23 *Queer Artists Munich, during QUEER THINGS, Pixel, Munich
10/23 - * DENKRAUM DEUTSCHLAND 2023 - HEY ALTER!, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
10/23 - * Queer Film Festival Munich
12/22 - **Open Studio, atelier thal, Munich
11/22 - *COMMON SPACE, Altes Spital, Viechtach
11/22 - *Indian Photofestival, Hyderabad, India
10/22 - **I have no words, there is no title, Rathausgalerie Munich
09/22 - *Italienisches Leben in München, Münchenstift
09/22 - *queer:raum, AnderArt Festival, Munich
07/22 - *queer:raum, Münchner Aids Hilfe e.V., Munich
06/22 - *Kollnburger Kunstsonntag, Kollnburg