Iwajla Klinke


Born in Greifswald, Germany, Iwajla Klinke studied art history, Islamic and Jewish studies at the Free University, Berlin, graduating in 2002. Recent solo exhibitions include Infantes, Museum Haus Lowenberg, Gengenbach; Oneironauts, Galerie Voss, Dusseldorf; Palindrom, Stadtische Galerie, Bad Reichenhall and Infantes, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris (2017). Her 2018 group exhibitions include Gates of Horn and Ivory, Kristin Hjellegjerde, Berlin; Ein Gemachter Mensch, Kallmann Museum, Munich (both 2018) and Collection Neuflize, Paris (2017). In 2014 she was the recipient of the Neuflize OBC Personnel Prize.

In her Ritual Memories series, presented at the third edition of SomoS’ Berlin Fashion Week exhibition on anthropology & fashion, Alter Angle, Klinke photographed adolescent, nude models adorned with strips of clothing and other props alluding to religious rituals in her Kreuzberg studio. Klinke forgoes retouching in her photographs.

Coming from a fascination for the sacred and how it manifests itself in intangible rituals and traditional garbs, Klinke began photographing children in ceremonial dress in rural European regions. A simple black backdrop and soft natural light bring out the incredibly detailed attire or simplicity of a plain dress. This lighting technique allows the portrayed children and their ritual robes to be the sole focus of the observer. While all portraits have been taken post 2010, they exude a sense of timelessness.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 “Herbarial Seascapes”, C1, Berlin
“Hemeralopia”, Église Saint-Merri, Paris
2018 “Infantes”, Museum Haus Löwenberg, Gengenbach
“Oneironauts”, Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf
“Palindrom”, Städtische Galerie, Bad Reichenhall
2017 “Infantes”, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
2016 “Grammar of Loss”, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
“Red Sandals and a Mirror for Gabriel”, Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf
2015 “Pinakothek”, Natoli & Mascarenhas, Principality of Monaco
2014 “Ritual Memories”, Galerie Transarte, Sao Paulo
“Winter Birds for Peter’s Throne”, Galerie Polaris, Paris
“Ritual Memories”, Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf
2012 “Rituali”, Galerie Primopiano, Neapel
2011 “Crowns and Gladiola”, Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin
“Ritual Memories”, Styx Projects, Berlin

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 “Gates of Horn and Ivory”, Galerie Kristin Hjellegjerde, Berlin
“Ein gemachter Mensch”, Kallmann Museum, München
2017 Collection Neuflize, Paris
2015 Hoffmann Collection Berlin
68projects/ Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin
San Francisco Art Market
Photo London, Somerset House
Arte Fiera Bologna, Italy
2014 Goethe Institut, Barcelona
Paris Photo
Arte Fiera Bologna, Italy
2013 Istanbul Contemporary
2012 Artists House, Jerusalem
Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin
2011 Vienna Art Week, Sigmund Freud Museum
Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin
Galerie p-shmone, Tel Aviv


2014 Neuflize OBC, Personnel Prize