Emerging Photography Contender: Fabian Rockenfeller

For Exploitation of self, German photographer Fabian Rockenfeller takes a humorous and unsettling look at the state of the modern workplace, capturing the often invisible but no less disturbing effects of our culture’s obsession with our accomplishments and our careers. 

Writes Rockenfeller in his Artist Statement, “Work has traditionally always had connections to terms like struggle, exertion or burden. The origins of the term already imply being unfree or at least having a great deal of imposition. Contrary, work nowadays is often considered to be the essential foundation of freedom and happiness in life. To some extent work, in connection with an inner need for success, became the central point of reference in the definition of our own existence. But as soon as a career evolves into the most intimate expression on of personality, conditions are favorable to a self-destructive tendency. The pursuit of success, money and professional acknowledgement thereby stokes up the flames that spur us, while making us blind for the depletion from within ourselves. Thus we dance as slaves of the post-modern Zeitgeist unwavering all the warning signs around the Golden Calf called work.”

All images © Fabian Rockenfeller

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