Art is an important part of our lives. Art can capture the present, look into the future, foster creativity and dialogue, and shape identity.
With a focus on sustainability, EEW 2020 has launched an art programme that annually offers photographers the opportunity to explore a freely chosen aspect of the company. With the commissioned work, EEW supports artists in creating a new series of work, which is subsequently included in the sustainability reporting and permanently exhibited at the sites as part of the company collection. The programme is accompanied by a publication.
With such a commissioned work, we support artists in the creation of a new series of works. We see art and culture as an important part of our lives. Art can capture the present, look to the future, promote creativity and dialogue and create identity. This is one of the reasons why we want to assume social responsibility with this programme.
Lukas Hoffmann was born in Zug, Switzerland, in 1981. He studied fine art at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and now lives and works in Berlin. His works have been shown in 13 solo exhibitions as well as at numerous group exhibitions, photography festivals and trade shows. His art can be found in private and public collections across Europe and works of his were recently purchased by Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. In addition, he has won prizes and fellowships for his work. For EEW, he spent two days at each of the EEW sites in Heringen (in the state of Hesse) and Premnitz (in the state of Brandenburg). His photographs were taken in daylight with an analogue large-format camera.
After Friederike von Rauch, photographer Jessica Backhaus took a photographic look at our group of companies. From December 2021 to January 2022, Backhaus took photographs at our plant locations in Stapelfeld and Premnitz. The result is a series of colour-intensive, detail-focused works, of which we have purchased a total of eight and are exhibiting them at the company headquarters.
Jessica Backhaus (*1970, Cuxhaven) studied photography and visual communication in Paris and worked in New York between 1995 and 2009. Since 2009, the artist has been living in Berlin. Her work has been shown internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. The Kunsthalle in Erfurt dedicated a large solo museum exhibition to Jessica Backhaus in 2013. Her works are represented in numerous public and private collections.
Friederike von Rauch
As the first artist in the "EEW Art" series, Friederike von Rauch dealt with our corporate activity. Fascinated by the size and monumentality of the waste and slag bunker, the Berlin-based photographer approached TRV Buschhaus near Helmstedt. Eight works were created in this series, which are currently on display at the company's headquarters in Helmstedt and Berlin.
Friederike von Rauch (*1967, Freiburg) trained as a silversmith before studying design at the University of the Arts in Berlin. After working as a location scout for international film productions, she began working exclusively as an artist in the early 2000s. Since then, her photographs have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad and are in private and public collections. Friederike von Rauch lives and works in Berlin.