A wondrous world of dazzling illusions and crafty (dis)simulations, authentic space of daring feats and extreme acts, a field of adventure and drama – all this and more is the sandy arena known as circus that lives and dies, everyday, by suspense, contrast and contradiction. Circus is creation, creative invention and physicus fiction. Together, the Berlin photographer Jürgen Bürgin and the literary scholar Anna-Sophie Jürgens explore these imaginaries of the Arts of the Ring. Taking the circus(‘) shadow as point of departure, Exposure illuminates the affinities between circus and fiction while unveiling the arena where its traditional dimensions ends and the fiction begins in the shadow of the history of Circus Arts.
Jürgen Bürgin, born in 1971, is a photographer living and working in Berlin. His works have been exhibited at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York, at the Fotogalerie Friedrichshain in Berlin, at the Galerie Lardon in Ahrenshoop, at the Deutsche Bank in Berlin-Charlottenburg, at the Galerie Aspekt in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, at Cologne Art Fair, at the Affordable Art Fair in Hamburg, at the Galerie im Saalbau in Berlin, and at the Galerie Seifert Lardon in Berlin. His photographs have been awarded several times, e.g. by the renowned Berlin based photography gallery C/O Berlin. He has been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Award, as an Urban Photographer of the Year and he took second place at the Brennpunkt Award of the Browse Fotofestival in Berlin. In 2016 his photo book URBAN FEVER – Scenes from city life has been published.
Anna-Sophie Jürgens is a scholar of Comparative Literature and currently a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University in Canberra. In 2016 she published a monograph on “The Poetics of the Circus – The Aesthetics of Hyperbole”, which is the very first comprehensive comparative discussion of circus in fiction, especially in contemporary novels.