6 Apr 2010
Fotoreportage23 - In Search of Ian Curtis 
German photographer Katja Ruge exhibits her photo project fotoreportage23 – in search of ian curtis on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the death of Ian Curtis at the kulturreich Galerie in Hamburg, Germany.

The exhibition is based on the book of the same title with 23 locations and 23 portraits of friends, companions, and contemporary bands such as Mark E. Smith, Annik Honoré, Terry Mason, Bloc Party, José González, and Tony Wilson paired with their handwritten stories and personal thoughts about Ian Curtis and Joy Division.

A full associated programme of events in cooperation with the kulturreich Galerie, the Hamburger Fotobuchtagen and Hamburg's club scene will accompany the exhibition.

Katja Ruge was born in Hamburg and is a freelance photographer. More info at www.katjaruge.de.

Exhibition dates at kulturreich Galerie Hamburg

18 May, 7pm: Exhibition launch party: music by DJ Benny Ruess, (revolverclub)
19 May – 6 June: fotoreportage23 – in search of ian curtis – photo project by Katja Ruge
6 June, 3pm: Book presentation – part of the Fotobuchtage, kulturreich Galerie
6 June, 5pm: Sarah Blackwood (Client) + Chris Wilkie (Dubstar) in concert, kulturreich Galerie, admission 5 euro

Additional events

21 May, 12am: Lovegang goes Hacienda – a loving tribute with special guest, Uebel & Gefährlich, Turmzimmer
22 May 2010: PartyNight: revolverclub meets Fotoreportage23, Uebel & Gefährlich

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kulturreich Galerie
Wexstraße 28
20355 Hamburg
Germany

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