Fran Forman – The Color of Absence

Fran Forman – The Color of Absence

With her striking compositions, Fran Forman unveils the paradox of our digital age – the isolation in a globally interconnected world.

Cinematic storyteller and American artist Fran Forman constructs visual narratives that articulate the deep loneliness that characterise contemporary society. The staged compositions – from different photographs of objects, locations and people – lay bare the paradox of the digital age: separation despite global interconnectedness. Drawing on Hopper’s social realism, the familiar settings within the photographs isolate their subjects, who themselves are surrounded by an air of fragility. Trapped in their own fantasies, the companionship and kinship they long for is just out of reach. 

forging new relationships in the turmoil of our daily lives

Each of the photographs is a separate story, immediately personal. Subjects placed in uncertain settings are as elusive as the shadows that surround them, absorbed in their interior lives. The geometric play of light and shadows in the empty spaces suggests stability, refuge and a solid foundation. Despite the allusion to warmth, the subjects grapple with longing and lost kinship. Forman offers hope for escape in the form of portals: a lit window, a mirror, a door left ajar. These ‘escape hatches’ lead the way to reconnecting and forging new relationships in the turmoil of our daily lives. 

Image: Vizcaya, 2023

Forman’s position as part of the baby boomer generation brings a rich understanding of socio-political changes in society to ‘The Color of Absence’. With a degree in sociology and several years spent working as a therapist, Fran Forman has developed an acute psychological sensitivity for the crises that have been steadily gaining ground in America since the 1960s. In her bleak settings, all generations feel the personal effects of growing societal polarisation. Remarkably, the artist readily implements new technological advancements into her practice, with AI as another tool in her inventory.

Image: A Redhead, 2023

BBA Gallery discovered Forman through the 2022 BBA Artist Prize shortlist. ‘The Color of Absence’ marks her first solo exhibition in Berlin, Germany.

Fran Forman at shortlisted for the BBA Artist Prize 2022 exhibition

The Color of Absence

Fran Forman

Friday 3.11, 18:00 – 21:00

4 Nov – 16 Dec 2023

Artist talk:
Sunday 5.11, 18:00

Tue – Sat from 12:00 – 18:00

Köpenicker Str. 96, 10179 Berlin


  • Laia Abril: Confronting Sexual Ignorance
    ‚On Rape: and institutional failure‘ at the C/O Berlin, exposes societal apathy to sexual violence, echoing ’see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil‘.“
  • Claudio Parentela – Chaos and structure
    The Italian artist known for his eclectic, mixed media work blending pop art, surrealism, and punk aesthetics, explores chaos and his identity.
  • Diese Woche in der Schaubühne
    In den kommenden zwei Wochen gibt es in der Schaubühne noch Tickets für »Ulster American«, »Die Affäre Rue de Lourcine«, »Bad Kingdom« und »Michael Kohlhaas«.


#artnow: The current exhibition at the @koeniggalerie showcases a wide variety of critical works and sculptures from artists like JOANA VASCONCELOS, JULIA BELIAEVA, ARMIN BOEHM amongst others. @mothersfinestofficial life concert @lidoberlin at the 28th of April 2024 #rock #funk #concert Gallery weekend is ahead! See you at the @studio_apelbaum on Friday the 26th and Saturday 27th for the great art #extravaganza!

Follow us on Instagram for more inspiring content.



#DAMUR (9) 2023 (15) 2024 (10) Abstract Art (35) Abstrakte Kunst (11) Abstraktion (8) AI (12) Antisemitismus (8) art (53) ARTCO Gallery Berlin (8) Artist (17) Artist talk (11) ausstellung (18) Ausstellungen (7) awareness (8) Ballhaus Ost (7) BBA Gallery (9) berlin (167) Berlin Bühnen (31) Berliner Ensemble (15) BFW | Berlin Fashion Week (28) Buch (13) Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (7) C/O Berlin (7) Clubbing (8) Clubcommission (20) Clubculture (9) club culture (8) concert (10) contemporary art (146) culture (12) Curses (8) Dance (7) Dark Disco (10) Das Minsk (7) DDR (9) Demokratie (9) design (19) Digital Art (7) Düsseldorf (7) EBM (7) exhibition (94) exhibitions (8) fashion (39) Featured Artist (22) FEMINISM (8) Feminismus (7) FESTIVAL (11) Film (9) FWR | Feldbusch Wiesner Rudolph Galerie (18) gender (8) Hau Hebbel am Ufer (15) Humboldt Forum (11) ifa Galerie (8) Indie Dance (22) Iptamenos Discos (9) Julia Stoschek Foundation (13) Jüdische Kultur (12) Jüdisches Leben (14) Jüdisches Museum Berlin (12) KI (7) Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (22) Kultur (9) Kulturbrauerei (6) Kunst (13) KW INSTITUTE for contemporary art (7) Künstlerhaus Bethanien (7) LGBTQIA+ BiPoC (22) London (17) Luisa Catucci Gallery (7) Martin-Gropius-Bau (14) Maxim-Gorki Theater (10) Movie (18) Museumssonntag (7) Music (22) performance (15) Philosophy (8) Photographer (6) Photography (26) Politik (16) POP-Kultur (11) Potsdam (6) queer (7) Rowohlt Verlag (7) RSO.Berlin (7) sculptures (13) SPD (7) Spring/Summer 2024 (7) Sprüth Magers Gallery (11) Staatsballett Berlin (11) Staatsoper Unter den Linden (11) Theater (11) Theatre (12) Ukraine (22) Urban Nation Museum (8) USA (8) Venice Biennale (10) Venice Biennial (10) Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (7) VR (6)

Discover more from B'SPOQUE magazine

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.