Mirène Schmitz was born 1974 near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. For many years she has run her own business as a consultant in marketing and communications until she decided to follow her true passion and study photography at the Fotoakademie Köln. Since then, her work has been exhibited in different countries all across Europe . Mirène lives in Bonn. She works as an independent photographer in her own atelier.
2017 | AFFENSCHAUKEL | In this series Mirène explores the world of values and beliefs.
[ REALITY IS NEGOTIABLE. THERE IS NO REALITY. ONLY MINE. AND YOURS. ]
When she found herself dealing with her own values and investigating her limiting beliefs, Mirène came across many old pictures from the story of her life. It is set in a seemingly perfect world with accepted realities, ‘outlived’ beliefs, fixed patterns, an alienated home, strong familiarity, great yearning, deep roots, suppressed rage and unconditional love. Something in between perception and reality, between obligation and opportunity.
In the series AFFENSCHAUKEL Mirène restages this world of emotions by means of portraits and still lifes. The pictures show the outside and reveal what is inside. They touch, they irritate and they call for a second look.