Kerstin Flake

Series "Good Year / Bad Year"
Series "Shaking Surfaces"
Series "Running out"
Series "Replaces"
Series "Fake Spaces"
Series "Golden Room"
Series "Wände sprechen Bände"
Series "es war nur ein Moment"
Series "...sonst noch was?"

Kerstin Flake’s series Fake Spaces might also be described as a “message from the interior”, although, in these new works, the documentary and the pictorial are dialectically opposite. Taken in deserted, late nineteenth-century houses, all the photographs possess somewhat flagrant elements that overturn the conventional order of these vacant rooms. Enigmatic moments and bizarre configurations permeate the heedfully staged photographs. Everyday objects such as coat hangers and plastic bags float in the air; tables and chairs move in ways that do not correspond to their intended functions; in attics or stairwells, hats and buckets are in a state of spectral levitation; huge flaps of wallpaper dangle from what looks like a tiled wall, but which is also only of wallpaper; and, shattered from a glass door by a pendant light fitting gone astray, shards of glass hover in the air. Kerstin Flake’s disruptions of order are temporary constellations: they are positioned in front of the camera by the abandoned houses’ final “inhabitant”. What remains of these interventions in space is nothing more than a series of ghostly apparitions whose stories seem naturally compatible with the respective location, although remaining somewhat impenetrable to the viewer. 


  • 1967 born in Karlsruhe
    1997-2003 Studies of photography at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
    (class for photography and media with Prof. Joachim Brohm)
    2003 Diploma Fine Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
    lives and works in Leipzig

Solo shows

  • 2019 bent angles, Junge Kunst, Wolfsburg
  • 2018 Good Year / Bad Year, Galerie Kleindienst - Salon Käthe, Leipzig
  • 2016 hangover (with Tom Fabritius), Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    2013 replaces, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    2011 SUN SALT (with Caroline Hake), Galerie LORIS, Berlin
    2010 Fake Spaces, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Fake Spaces, Galerie Nathalia Laue, Frankfurt/Main
    2005 Umschlag (with Stefan Fischer), Galerie Amerika, Berlin
    2003 Es war nur ein Moment, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    2002 belichtet. Six positions of contemporary photography, Kunstverein Bochum / Haus Kemnade, Bochum

Group shows

  • 2018 be 2, Galerie B2, Leipzig
    PopUp Galerie Sibold's Sun by Nathalia Laue | Galerie & Edition, Frankfurt am Main
    Kunstverein Gästezimmer, Stuttgart
    Perceptions II. Painting, graphics, photography in the representation of the Free State of Saxony at the Bund Berlin
    „back & forth“, plan.d. produzentengalerie e.V. , Düsseldorfer Photo Weekend, Düsseldorf
    Depot #9 Photography, Dresden State Art Collections
    2017 Desperate Housewives? Artists clean up, State Textile and Industry Museum Augsburg
    Von (Ab)Wesenheiten, Fotografie aus den Sammlungen des Brandenburgischen Landesmuseums für moderne Kunst, BLmK Cottbus, Frankfurt/Oder und der Sparkasse Leipzig
  • 2016 Desperate Housewives? Künstlerinnen räumen auf, Städtische Galerie Villingen-Schwenningen / Kunstmuseum Mühlheim an der Ruhr / Kunstsammlungen Zwickau - Max-Pechstein-Museum
  • Deine blauen Augen sind mir scheißegal, Bühlers, Fürth
  • 2015 ART N MORE feat. Galerie Kleindienst, Galerie Kleindienst project room, Berlin
  • 2.5.0. Object is Meditation and Poetry..., Grassi Museum für angewandte Kunst, Leipzig
    Desperate Housewives? Künstlerinnen räumen auf, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg
    2014 Zucht@Ordnung, 21st Leipzig Annual Exhibition, Westwerk, Leipzig
    BGL#2, Kesselhaus, Bergisch Gladbach / Cologne
    WIR1 - Acting in Concert, Klinger Villa, Leipzig
  • Cakes for now, Gone Fishing, Leipzig
    2013 Du bist mein Spiegel. Part 1-Girls, Potemka Gallery, Leipzig
    Disturbances in the structure, Ancient Bath, Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
    Gekauft. Acquisitions of the Graphic Collection 2003-13, Museum of Visual Arts, Leipzig
    jetzt hier. Contemporary art of the Kunstfonds, Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden
    2012 BIS HIER - 50 years Kunstverein Bochum, Kunstmuseum Bochum / Haus Kemnade, Bochum
  • portes ouvertes, Galerie Nathalia Laue, Frankfurt/Main
    2011 Auslöser, Sparkasse Leipzig Art Exhibition Hall, Leipzig
    Leipzig. Photography since 1839, Museum of Visual Arts, Leipzig
    Wir belohnen Sie, Ortloff art space, Leipzig
    2010 Wiedersehen, Kunstverein Bochum / Haus Kemnade, Bochum
    Storytellers, Galerie Nathalia Laue, Frankfurt/Main
    2008 Drawcula, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Hake & Flake, Galerie b2, Leipzig
    2007 Gegen die Wand, Galerie b2, Leipzig
    14th Leipzig Annual Exhibition, Westwerk, Leipzig
    Raum, Galerie Amerika, Berlin
    2006 Pferdeausstellung, ASPN, Leipzig
    Leipzig and photography, Sparkasse Leipzig Art Exhibition Hall, Leipzig
    2005 A2, Galerie Amerika, Berlin
    2003 Staged Photography 4, PPS Gallery, Hamburg
    2002 Junge Kunst VII, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Psychoscape, Galerie b2, Leipzig / Welti Furrer Areal, Zurich
    2001 5th Aenne Biermann Award, Museum für Angewadte Kunst, Gera


  • 2017 Foreign Exchange Scholarship in Columbus, Ohio (USA), by the Free State of Saxony
  • 2009 Catalogue sponsorship by the Cultural Foundation of Saxony
    2008 Working grant by the Cultural Foundation of Saxony
    2001 Appreciation. 5th Aenne Biermann Award, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Gera


  • 2017 2.5.0. Object is Meditation and Poetry…, Alba D'Urbano, Olga Vostretsova(Hg./Ed.), Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig
    Kerstin Flake - Replaces, Angle #15, Multipress, Oslo
  • 2015 Desperate Housewives? Künstlerinnen räumen auf, catalogue by Ina Ewers-Schultz and Martina Padberg, Bonn
  • 2012 BIS HIER - 50 years Kunstverein Bochum, Kunstmuseum Bochum / Haus Kemnade, Bochum
  • 2011 Leipzig. Photography since 1839, Thomas Liebscher (ed.), Passage Verlag, Leipzig
    2009 Kerstin Flake - Turbulenzen, Kerstin Flake/Matthias Kleindienst (ed.), Lubok Verlag, Leipzig
    2006 Leipzig and Photography 02, Sparkasse Leipzig Art Exhibition Hall
    2002 Psychoscape, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig / HGK Zurich, Leipzig/Zurich
    2000 Parallelwelten, DGV - Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin