[December 15 2023]
Iconic ! Congratulations Juergen Teller and Doville Drizyte for this retrospective
Juergen Teller – i need to live” is curated by Thomas Weski in collaboration with Juergen Teller and Dovile Drizyte, with the support of Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello, at Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris
Teller is best known for his candid portraits of celebrities, provocative fashion editorials and distinctive campaigns for various designers. Since gaining prominence as a photographer in London in the early 1990’s, Teller has also produced major bodies of personal works in which he explores himself, his family, his roots, and his identity. In the past five years, Teller has collaborated with his wife, Dovile Drizyte in mutual projects that reflect various aspects of their relationship, marriage, and parenthood. These works are defined by a typical mixture of serious, intimate, yet often humorous characters created in the style of the grotesque. The title of the exhibition, i need to live represents Teller’s reaction to existential incidents which have shaped his life, sometimes in tragic ways. The artist addresses these topics in the same manner as he practices his photography, in a straight-forward, realistic style, which is completely his own. With his unique imagery, Teller celebrates the value of being alive, whilst acknowledging the fragility of human existence. “Juergen Teller – i need to live” will be his most extensive exhibition to date.
photos: Olivier Zahm & courtesy of Juergen Teller and Grand Palais Ephémère