Amos Badertscher

The Souls Around Us

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Amos Badertscher - The Souls Around Us Photo: Amos Badertscher
05.03.2020 17:00

Amos Badertscher is a Baltimore native now in his 80s. Using a small inheritance, he began to photograph full-time in the 1970s, concentrating on Baltimore’s peculiar hustling subculture, in which largely white, working class toughs, many of whom were straight-identified, nonetheless worked a local park, as had their fathers before them. These youths, generally products of broken homes and poverty, were often addicted to drugs and alcohol, as were their parents. Many, as he notes in the writing on the photographs, didn’t live into their thirties, victims of crime, AIDS, their own demons, poverty and drugs. Badertscher, keenly aware of the complex power dynamic implicit when a middle class, middle aged man picked up drug-addicted youth barely surviving at the social margins, implicated himself in this fraught power exchange—he had money and standing, they had youth and beauty– by often photographing himself along with his models in mirrors.Formally inventive, unabashedly queer, this retrospective is Badertscher’s first comprehensive museum exhibition outside the US. Until this moment, he has worked almost unknown and uncelebrated for decades, taking literally thousands of photographs. The Schwules Musems presents about 100 of them.

Curator: Jonathan David Katz

Co-Curator: Hunter O’Hanian

Production Management: Peter Rehberg

A cooperation with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York

Vernissage: 5. March 2020. From 5 pm: Curator Jonathan Katz discusses Baderstcher’s body of work with art historian Katrin Köppert (University Leipzig), and Peter Rehberg (SMU’s head of the archives).From 7 pm: Party!

Gay Museum
Lützowstraße 73
10785 Berlin

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Monday - Sunday

The museum is temporarily closed from Friday, 13th March 2020 to Sunday, 19th April 2020 due to the current health situation.

Admission price
9,00 €
Reduced price
3,00 €

Group ticket
For groups of at least 10 persons the entrance fee is 6,00 € per person


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