Riedlinger was an active participant of Al-Ma’mal’s initiatives, residing in Jerusalem for several months between 2000 and 2001, contributing as a photography instructor in the workshop program, as well as participating in the artist-in-residence program. For us/them, the photography project that Riedlinger initiated during his time in Jerusalem, the young German photographer focused his interests on themes within the immediate environment, exploring the fragmented view that separates objects from their usual context. The stillness of palm trees reflecting in the blue of a swimming pool, the sky captured at midday, and an empty football field were just some examples of the images Riedlinger focused his camera on, revealing a tranquil yet distant motive. The concept he analyzes in us/them should be understood in its wider sense as the tension between two components of reality, not only between Israelis and Palestinians, but also between new and old, traditional and modern and even between reality and photography. It was the uniqueness of the country he sought to explore and portray, attempting to obtain visual fragments of a most delicate nature in a harsh and divided place.
Riedlinger’s talent lies not in insisting on inspecting perceived realities too closely. He thus captures the momentariness of situations without alluding to the transitory character of the snapshot. Seemingly immaterial details attain a symbolic or emblem-like aura. One is inclined to look at his photographs as an experiment in a new simplicity, where Riedlinger looks at objects without naiveté and with the eye of one fully aware of the impact that such images can have.
Peter Riedlinger is a Berlin based German artist photographer. He studied photography at the Hochschule fuer Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich and at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig and is the recipient of several awards and scholarships. His work is represented in public and private collections. Triton published his monograph Hero City/Heldenstadt, in 1999.
Exhibitions include: Us/Them II, Goethe-Intistut, Ramallah, PS (2008); The Jerusalem Show, Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem (2008); [Maerkischer] Sand, Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus, DE (2008);Reality Crossings, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, DE (2007); Photophobia , National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad, RU (2007); The Earth, FotoFest 2006, Houston, US; La Rue est à nous, Centre Culturel Franco-Allemand, Karlsruhe, DE (2005); Us/Them, Gallery Anadiel, Jerusalem (2000); Hero City, Kunstverein Leipzig, DE (1999)