Saskia Groneberg

Büropflanze

Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, 2012

 

"Büropflanze" (office plant) is a seemingly scientific research project on the German office fauna.  In contrast to holiday postcards, family photographs or other attempts of people to personalise the impersonal office architecture, plants grow – in part unnoticed, in part under loving observation and care – up to the ceiling, behind the heater and through the blinds. They can only be controlled to a certain extent. And yet they are dependent; they must be watered and cared for. From the postmasters to the chief executives offices, you will always find the same robust species of plants transferred from subtropical regions, adapted to a life with dry periods or floodings at room temperatures. There is a close relationship between human and plant, lasting for many years – sometimes for a whole career.

"Büropflanze" was awarded the German Photography Prize "gute aussichten_new german photography 2012/2013". The book object was nominated for Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles at Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles in 2015 and is part of the permanent collection of Fotomuseum Winterthur since 2013. It is part of the seventh Prix Pictet Shortlist 2016 "Space".

 

45 b/w photographs, Archive Prints, 50 × 70 cm (Ed. of 5)

225 scans, Archive Prints, 30 × 40 cm (Ed. of 2)

Artist book: 42 × 29,5 × 4 cm, 390 pages, 3.7 kg, Hardcover, Linen (Ed. of 5)

More than 100 collected and grown cuttings in glasses

 

"Büropflanze" installation views, Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 2013

Saskia Groneberg