Alina Frieske is a German artist
Episode 351: Alina Frieske and I finally had a moment to sit down and speak about her new book Each and Every Part In Between published by Editions Images Vevey and Ciao Press, designed by Nicolas Polli and with essays by Joanna Creswell and Gaia Tedone.
I had a wonderful time speaking with Alina about her work. I had the additional benefit of seeing the work at the 2020 edition of the Festival Image Vevey. I remember coming across the work and wondering how close a photographer could get to painting without actually painting, a topic we discussed in our conversation. I also had this strange feeling that Alina and I might have met before. I don’t know what prompted me to ask, but as it turns out, I saw her work and spoke to her in person when I visited noted school ECAL for a development day.
In our conversation, we discussed how her work is made and how that complex process has been transferred into a photobook with designer Nicholas Polli. The results are pretty intense and bear some scrutiny if you get the chance. Speaking of Alina’s process, I can only vaguely relay it as a form of post-photography heightened by our burgeoning sense of the photographic image in the digital space. Composites to a degree, Alina’s work consists of many layers of images culled from the Internet and re-imagined from a new assembly of the aggregate pieces she dissects from the original. It is about copy culture, digital terrain, and the continued and fragmented possibility of photography as a source of projected and imagined meaning. Please tune in for this episode.