Episode 62 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Narrating bodies | POLA SIEVERDING, artist and curator, Berlin
Recorded 19 May 2022, 29 min., language english. Portrait Photo by Marc Comes, Berlin

Berlin based artist Pola Sieverding learned to see the world through the lens of cultural production from a very young age, as she stems – already in the third generation – from a family of photographers and artists. After first having explored her wish to become an actress, she decided to stay behind the camera, instead in front of it. Pola talks her family and upbringing, her own work and deep interest in stories and idividual narration. One of the keys to her work are the body and it’s performance in society and the social realm in general. Themes she has long explored are the usually male connotated areas of wrestling and boxing. She is very much interested in an individual, new narration about masculinity, femininity and all other genders. This includes the expression of sensuality, openness and fluidity. Her work does not exist without the relations she builds with the people who trust her so much that they lend her their image. Her art and life are inextricably interwoven.

Images and texts on the site of her gallery: https://officeimpart.com/pola-sieverding
Text by https://www.signsandsymbols.art/artists/pola-sieverding

pola sieverding (b. 1981) is a visual artist working in the field of lens-based media.
With photography, video and sound, she investigates the physical body as bearer of historical narratives that shape a contemporary discourse on the social body. By defining the body linguistically as an alternative to words, she exploits the classical ideal of the body as locus of pleasure and power. She is attracted to extremes and socialized emotions, something felt when the body switches between looking and being looked at, touching and being touched. Her images explore the body as an expressive element, the way we alter our behavior when we feel ourselves to be acting, a performance of just being.

A Podcast about photography (in german): https://fotografie-neu-denken.podigee.io/s3e82-sieverding-pola