Eva Bertram

Born in 1964, Eva Bertram spent her first seven years in the countryside near Freiburg, and went to school in Munich. In 1984 she moved to Berlin, and in 1986 commuted between Berlin and Essen, in order to study Communication Design at Uni/GHS Folkwangschule. From 1988 – 1993 she studied Photography and experimental short film under Jürgen Klauke, completing her degree in 1994 with honours.

Eva Bertram first discovered photography during her studies, which began with a focus on Painting and Graphic Design. Photographically, but also in film and cross-media, she focuses on the status quo – in public as well as in private. She poses questions about apparently familiar facts. The enigmatic Everyday in its constantly changing constitution is the main theme of her artistic approach since the early 90s. For Eva Bertram, photography is the most appropriate medium to portray the fine shifts in the habitual, to show the inadequacies of life and the melancholia that ensues.
Since 1994 she regurlarly works for agencies and clients in the fields of portrait, theatre, dance, and still photography.

“In the best case,
photography is something
for the eye, the heart, the mind,
and bread and butter.”

Eva Bertram has been teaching since 2002, from projects with youths from migrant backgrounds (until 2008), through workshops for Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen and Goethe-Institut (since 2006), to courses at Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel (2005-2007), Universität der Künste Berlin (seit 2012), and at Neue Schule für Fotografie since its foundation in 2007.

In her classes Eva Bertram aims to support the development of students’ perception, conception and presentation skills, and encourage a more reflective approach to image taking. She places a strong emphasis on students learning to place their images in context and to present their work convincingly. Specific exercises and personal projects are supported by historical and contemporary examples in order to provide inspirational references. Artistic and creative works that lead to authorship are tasks of perseverence and a maturing process with which she wishes to encourage her students.


Selected Awards
2011  Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst des Landes Berlin
2006  Stipendium für Zeitgenössische Deutsche Fotografie der Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung
2003  Mosaïque-Förderstipendium des CNA (Centre national de l’audiovisuel), Luxembourg
2003  Arbeitsstipendium im Mecklenburgischen Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow
2002  Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst der Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur, Berlin
2002  Fotostipendium der Stadt Ravensburg
1992  Jury-Filmpreis Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Hamburg

Selected Single Exhibitions
2012  a f a r, zone B, Berlin
2010/2011  2 One Child, Forum 018 – Münchner Stadtmuseum, Sammlung Fotografie; zone B, Berlin; Centre d‘art/Nei Liicht, Dudelange, Luxembourg; Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slowakei
2007/2008  Islands, Comptoir, Städt. Galerie Sonneberg; zone B, Berlin
2003  Vor der Tür/Non-local, Städtische Galerie Ravensburg
2001/2002  Day in Day out, Brotfabrik Galerie, Berlin; Galeria Miejska Breslau, Polen

Group Exhibitions
2012/2013  Cairo. Open City, Museum Folkwang, Essen; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Museum für Fotografie, Braunschweig
2012  Selected Artists 2011, Senatsstipendiaten, NGBK, Berlin
2003-2012  The Entire City Wanderausstellung des Instituts für Auslandsbeziehungen, u. a. Annaba, Zabana, Oran, Algier, Tizi Ouzou, Rabat, Casablanca, Nabeul, Sfax, Ramalla, Tel Aviv, Damaskus, Aleppo, Beirut, Bischkek, Kabul, Teheran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Istanbul, Cairo, Alexandria, Eriwan, Skopje, Athen, Aden, Sanaa, Salamanca
2003-2005  double bind, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Kunstsammlungen Böttcherstraße/Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen, Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa, Australien
2001  de l’animal, Fotogalerie Wien
1998  Reflections, Streetlevel Gallery, Glasgow, Goethe-Institute London/Manchester

Single Publications
2010  2 One Child, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Texte von Ulrich Pohlmann und Andreas Steffens
2008  Islands, Hrsg. Städtische Galerie Sonneberg, Text von Andreas Steffens
2003  Vor der Tür/Non-Local, Schaden Verlag, Köln, Texte von Christoph Schaden, Thomas Knubben und Arnold Stadler
2001  Day in Day out, Hrsg. Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt und Brotfabrik Galerie, Berlin, Texte von Andrea Domesle, Benno Schlicht, Inka Schube und Kathrin Peters

Selected Publications
2012  Kairo. Offene Stadt/Cairo. Open City, Spector Books, Hrsg. Florian Ebner, Constanze Wicke
2011  Selected Artists, Hrsg. RealismusStudio, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin
2008  Querdenker – Vom Kopf an die Wand, Hrsg. Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie e.V. 2007 De l’Europe, Photographies, Essais, Histoires, Hrsg. Centre national de l‘audiovisuel, Luxembourg
2004  Wo liegt Berlin? Fotografische Annäherungen an eine Stadt, Hrsg. Brotfabrik Galerie Berlin
2003  Die ganze Stadt/La ville entière/The Entire City, Hrsg. Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Berlin, Texte von Matthias Flügge
2003  double bind, Kunst-Kinder-Karriere, Hrsg. Signe Theill, Vice Versa Verlag
2000  Sehnsucht nach Utopie, Hrsg. Kunstadapter Wiesbaden, Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg


Photo: Eva Bertram, o.T. (from the series: a f a r, 2006-2012)


Photo: Eva Bertram, from the series: DAY IN DAY OUT, 1996-2001


Photo: Eva Bertram, from the series: BARRICADES, 2000-2005


Photo: Eva Bertram, from the series: 2 One Child, 1998-2009