MOST RECENT / SELECTION OF EXHIBITIONS & PARTICIPATIONS
2015 UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES, solo exhibition at SOMOS, Berlin, Germany.
2011 Exhibition at GERMAN PARLIAMENT, participation in site-specific competition. Germany.
UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES 2013 / 15 Historical and experienced landscapes. Photographs are juxtaposed as negative b/w and digital images of the residence stay at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico in March / April 2013. The landscape of the North American South West appears as an ambient room as visual language of lived time. As visual translation, these opposites merge into a symbiosis. Do I imagine landscape or does landscape reflect on me? Is landscape a romantic topic of escape, “inspired” by infinity or is it an ecological disaster? While landscape was subject to the will and spirit of the late baroque period in European tradition and degraded to geometric alignments of the nobility, the romantic period of the 19th century projected the “soul” of the author / artist on / into the canvas, and thus into / onto the real landscape. Sometimes landscape disappeared as a longing as in Caspar David Friedrichs paintings. At the beginning of the 20th Century modernity opens the bridge to non-European traditions, without examining in detail the various notions of landscape, the self, the projection, the ritual and transformation. Only the ignition of the first Atomic bomb in 1945 in New Mexico threw an image on the dichotomy of dissolution versus unity (of the self). The result was the counter-movement and the awakening of the 60’s generation. But everything vanished into a daydream. Another 40 years later, after several financial and ecological crises and disasters, the exploitation of resources by transnational corporations, wars of intervention, after 9/11, looking at “LANDSCAPE” is probably a marginal subject. While land-art of the 60’s in America was dependent (and still is – see Michael Heizer) of immense production budgets of the Foundations, landscape submerged as backdrop into the popular context.