Wrapped Statue © Louis De Belle

Group Exhibition

»Discrete Mechanisms«

Louis De Belle, Jeanette Goßlau, Johannes Heinke, Anke Heelemann, Henriette Kriese, Nina Röder, Nora Ströbel

Opening: Friday, October 7, 2016, 19h
Exhibition: October 8 – 31, 2016
Curated by Nina Röder
Artist Talks (held in German) with all participating artists: Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 19h
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12-19h, Sun 14-19h
Free admission


‘Perhaps known, but often not present’ is the focus of this group show that addresses the way in which various places and patterns of action are made visible in our society. The seven graduates of Bauhaus University in Weimar pose questions concerning technological, biographical and cultural phenomena that take place either subtly or unnoticed in the background.

Using a variety of photographic methods, like conceptual documentation, the usage of archieval material, performative (self) reflections with video and photography, the artists approach topics like origins, family, loss and physics.

One of the shown phenomena is the world trade fair for Christian Church supplies in the North East of Italy. Louis De Belle – born in Italy – focuses in his series „Besides Faith“ on the grey area between sacred and profane, unveiling unusual juxtapositions and flashy insights into this one of a kind trade show.

In his work „Fallstudien zur Eventualität“ (case studies on eventuality) Johannes Heinke shows different simulation-centers of institutions as the Deutsche Bahn (german railway) or the Luftwaffe (air force) as visually abstracted stages. Through the aesthetic of a technical scenery Heinke’s work refers to the human urge to anticipate and improve its own fate, using simulated processes and virtual reality.

Like an error, like noise, like a blank page appears Henriette Kriese’s work about the Sanaa building in Essen. Yet not existing, elusive and as an optical illusion she shows an image of a window, an image of a building which gets visibile outside of itself.

Nora Ströbel’s position stands for a conceptual process with the photographic archive. In her work „Die Dringlichkeit der Dinge“ she approaches the work of her father who worked as a surveyor of structural damage. In this body of work the artist uses the photographs not only as an analysis measuring failure based on her fathers archive, it also deals with the aesthetic end in itself.

Also Anke Heelemann deals in her installation with archival material: with her long-term project FOTOTHEK she moves temporaily into the Eigenheim Gallery, where she presents a part of her archive of anonymous private photographs. The interactive listing of analog images invites the visitor to select an image and store it in a mailbox with a short message for someone. The expansive format uses the imagery in new contexts and transfers it to the present. An open space for negotiation arises and questions how we communicate.

In the vidoeinstallation „Käthe und Ich“ of Jeanette Goßlau her dead grandmother becomes an artificial character. The routines of her work in her small village which are very much alike and never end, are taking up most parts of her life. She is getting absorbed with her character and wears her colorful uniform without complain, although it’s weighting heavily on her shoulders. Her actions become a farce and are getting more and more absurd.

Biographical and emotional conditions can also be found in the poetic collection „a little deeper than you thought“ by Nina Röder. Her performative interactions with absurd biological forms and structures show metaphors of „losing and leaving“ in a morbid aesthetic.  This selection of her long term project has been realised in the coastal town Rota in Andalusia.

Part of the EMOP Berlin 2016 – European Month of Photography Berlin 2016. Discover more Festival highlights on PiB under the tag #EMOP Berlin 2016!

Teil des EMOP Berlin 2016 – Europäischer Monat der Fotografie Berlin 2016. Entdecke weitere Festival-Highlights auf FiB unter dem Tag #EMOP Berlin 2016!

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