Grammar 2, The Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau, Germany


This interest in Bauhaus stems from an attentiveness to how minimal architectural structures hold light. Roseanne Lynch’s interest in the Bauhaus foundation’s site in Dessau in particular is because this is where founder Walter Gropius designed the school buildings and Masters' houses in 1925 when the school, founded in 1919, moved from Weimer. The buildings are recognisable and what most people know is not the place but photographs of the place. This relationship between architecture, photography and representation is her fundamental interest.

She explores and presents work that describe a place, an object or the medium itself. The strategies used and subjects photographed are catalysts to a questioning of the assumed understanding gleaned from encounters with photographs. As with many photography bodies of work, Lynch is showing places you may not have experienced personally and she is mediating that exchange between site and representation consciously.

This body of work was made alongside ‘Grammer’, during an extended residency and engagement from 2018 – 2020, while also a guest of the HGB Fine art academy, Leipzig. Images are made at the Building research archive, not open to the public, and at other Bauhaus sites in Dessau.

The work was made using medium and large format (5”x4”) cameras and a darkroom based practice.