Juergen Teller
Juergen Teller. If You Pay Attention No.29, Iran 2019. © Juergen Teller, All rights Reserved


Juergen Teller

“If You Pay Attention” and “Araki Teller, Leben und Tod”

Sa, 12.09.2020 –
Mo, 02.11.2020

Opening & Exhibitions

As part of Berlin Art Week, Grisebach invites you in the presence of the artist on Saturday, 12th September 2020 from 11am to 6pm to the opening of

Juergen Teller & Dovile Drizyte“If You Pay Attention”
Fasanenstrasse 27, 10719 Berlin
Exhibition until 2nd November 2020
Opening hours Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm
Sat 11am – 4pm


Juergen Teller “Araki Teller, Leben und Tod”
Fasanenstrasse 25, 10719 Berlin
Book launch and exhibition until 24th October 2020
Opening hours Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm
Sat 11am – 4pm

More about the book “Araki Teller, Leben und Tod”

Many thanks to Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin

Press Release

Grisebach is thrilled to present two exhibitions with German photographer, Juergen Teller, opening on September 12th: “If You Pay Attention” and “Araki Teller, Leben und Tod”.

“If You Pay Attention” was completed in collaboration with Dovile Drizyte, and features a series of photographs that were taken at the end of 2019 to the beginning of 2020, on an adventurous, heavenly, yet life-threatening journey through Iran and will be exhibited for the very first time.

Drizyte, Teller’s partner, wore a chador during a part of their trip and consequently discovered a new identity whilst following this dress code. Teller recalled how:

“I didn’t just want to take tourist pictures, I wanted to put something of myself or us into the pictures of Iran, but I didn’t know what or how in the beginning. At the same time, I haven’t yet quite found a way of photographing Dovile, my girlfriend. Sometimes it is difficult with people who are very close to you. It took me years to photograph my Mother.”

Next door, at Villa Grisebach, Teller will be presenting his new book, “Araki Teller, Leben und Tod” which was made in collaboration with the Japanese photographer, Nobuyoshi Araki. “Leben und Tod” is the culmination of their joint exhibition at artspace AM, Tokyo held at the end of 2019 and is published by Steidl.

This deeply personal project centres on Teller’s “Leben und Tod” (Life and Death) series, in which he reflects upon the death of his uncle and stepfather Artur. Teller juxtaposes photographs of his mother and their hometown in Bubenreuth, Bavaria with images from his journey in Bhutan with his partner, Dovile Drizyte that epitomize life and fertility.

Inspired by this series, Araki asked to photograph Teller’s “childhood memory objects”, items that carry special emotional significance to both him and his parents. Teller eagerly collected these personal treasures, gathering toys, a porcelain figurine, and bridges created in the family’s string instruments’ bridge-making workshop. Araki’s resulting images are haunting, yet playful, creating a spellbinding tale once paired with Teller’s original story.

About the Artist

Juergen Teller (b. 1964, Erlangen, Germany) studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich, before moving to London in 1986. Successful in both the art world and commercial photography, he has shot campaigns for brands such as Celine, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Vivienne Westwood and editorials for magazines including Arena Homme Plus, Pop, Purple, System and W. In 2003, Teller was awarded the Citibank Prize for Photography and in 2018 he was awarded the Special Presentation ICP Infinity award. Major solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018); Fotomuseum, Winterthur (2018); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2017) Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2016), DESTE Foundation, Athens (2014); Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2013); Daelim Museum, Seoul (2011); Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2011); Le Consortium, Dijon (2010) and Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris (2006). In 2007 was asked to represent the Ukraine as one of five artists in the 52nd Venice Biennale. Teller’s work has been acquired by numerous international collections including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris; International Center for Photography, New York; National Portrait Gallery, London and The Olbricht Collection, Berlin. Teller has published over 50 books.

Dr. Anna von Ballestrem


If You Pay Attention No.26, Iran 2019

If You Pay Attention No.145, Iran 2019

If You Pay Attention No.49, Iran 2019

If You Pay Attention No.25, Iran 2019

Nuts No.20, London, 2020

© 2019-2020 Juergen Teller, All rights Reserved


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