Iwajla Klinke

from: 01.01.1970

About the photography series

Coming from a fascination for the sacred and how it manifests itself in intangible rituals as well as traditional garbs, Klinke started photographing children in ceremonial dress in rural European regions. A simple black backdrop and natural, soft light bring out the incredibly detailed attire or the simplicity of a plain dress. The simple set-up allows the portrayed children and their ritual robes to be the sole focus of the observer. Although all portraits have been taken in the 2010s, they all exude a sense of timelessness.

In the Ritual Memories series, Klinke photographed adolescent, nude models adorned with strips of clothing and other props alluding to religious rituals in her Kreuzberg studio. Klinke forgoes retouching in her photographies.

About Iwajla Klinke

Berlin based filmmaker Iwajla Klinke was born in Greifswald in 1976. She picked up photography in 2010 and began working on her series of portraying children in traditional clothing used for rituals. Her photographic work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in several European cities and in Brazil, South Korea, China and Israel. Her work has been published by magazines in Europe, China and the USA.





2014 Galerie Polaris, Paris, France

2014 Transarte, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2014 Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf, Germany

2012 Primopiano Gallery, Naples, Italy

2011 Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin, Germany

2011 Styx Projects, Berlin, Germany



2014 Paris Photo, Paris, France

Contemporary Photography, Seoul, South Korea

Goethe Institut, Barcelona, Spain

Dock Art Fair, Lyon, France

Tribal Tribu – te, Metaxu, Toulon, France

Alter Angle, SOmos, Berlin, Germany

Arte Fiera Bologna

2013 Istanbul Contemporary; Istanbul, Turkey

2012 Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover, Germany

Artist’s House, Jerusalem, Israel

Kunstraum Bethanien Berlin, Germany

KunStart 2012, Bolzano, Italy

2011 Vienna Art Week, Reflecting Reality, Vienna, Austria

Museum of Communication, Berlin, Germany

Artung, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Styx Projects, Berlin, Germany

Galerie St St, Berlin, Germany

Abnormals Gallery, Poznan, Poland

2010 p-shmone Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel



2013/01 ART NEWS, USA



2011/9 TUSH MAGAZINE, Hamburg

2011/6 DOOPLER MAGAZINE, Buenos Aires

2011/4 DUST MAGAZINE, London

2011/3 OZINE MAGAZINE, China



Several short metrages and documentaries for arte-tv and 3sat in Israel/ Palestine, Italy and Poland

90min documentary “The Raging Grannies Anti Occupation Club” (premiere at Pesaro Film Festival 2006, film release German cinemas 2007)