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In my work, I see myself as part of a generation of transition, whose symbols and relicts I’m constantly questioning and recombining by thinking of them in local as well as global correlations. My works therefore often combine different layers of history, which I try to connect with my temporary installations and performances. I’m using ready-made objects and settings and their history to question the relationship between the identity of spaces and the rituals of their utilisation. I always create new experimental arrangements in which I’m confronting, mixing and connecting the symbols. My body thereby could be seen as an intersection and as a social catalyst, which connects the different realities.

In meiner Arbeit begreife ich mich als Teil einer Generation des Übergangs, deren Relikte und Symbole ich immer wieder hinterfrage und neu kombiniere, indem ich sie sowohl in lokalen, als auch globalen Zusammenhängen denke. In meinen Arbeiten kombiniere ich daher oft verschiedene Zeitebenen, die ich mit meinen temporären Installationen und Performances verbinde. Ich benutze vorgefertigte Objekte und Settings und ihre Geschichten, um die Beziehung zwischen der Identität von Räumen und den Ritualen ihrer Nutzung in Frage zu stellen. Dabei bewege ich mich wie ein Agent an institutionellen und körperlichen Grenzen und versuche diese unsichtbaren Ränder auszudehnen und Machtverhältnisse auszuloten. Dafür kreiere ich immer neue Versuchsanordnungen in denen ich Zeichen gegenüberstelle, mixe und verbinde. Mein Körper ist dabei die Schnittmenge und als sozialer Katalysator ein Vermittler zwischen Wirklichkeiten.

 

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Vita

2017 – 2018  Erasmus semester, English master, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Gent, Belgium

2015 –           Student at Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) Leipzig, Klasse Blank

2015              Curatorial Assistent, Burg Gestaltet!, Halle/Saale

2012 – 2013  DAAD semester, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada

2009 – 2015  B.A. in Communication Design with Prof. Sven Völker, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art, Halle/Saale

 

1988              born in Halle/Saale

 

 

Solo

2018         »Exercises for a Monument«, Exhibition & Performance, Connect Leipzig, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig (ongoing)

2018         »BODY IS A GARAGE«, Exhibition & Performance, Cirque, KASK School of Arts, Gent, Belgium

2017         »Lenz«, Performance, Gallery Zaglmaier, Halle/Saale

2017         »Borrowed Fantasies«, Opening Performance, Rundgang 2017, HGB Leipzig

 

Group

2018         »Rehearsal for Lumumba«, Requiem for a Failed State, HALLE 15, Auf AEG, Nürnberg

2018         »Rehearsal for Lumumba«, Requiem for a Failed State, HALLE 14, Leipzig

2017         »Perfiction«, Gallery 301, Chung-Ang University College of Arts, Seoul, South Korea

2017         »Operation Grenze«, Memorial to the German division, Marienborn

2017         »Borrowed fantasies«, Installation, Rundgang 2017, HGB Leipzig

2016         »One Month: After the materialization of the art object«, Temporary Gallery, Cologne

2016         »Troja 2«, Gallery Bipolar, Leipzig

2016         »C.A.R.« (Contemporary Art Ruhr), Media arts fair, Zollverein Essen

2015         »Der Autor ist tot«, Gallery Burg2, Halle/Saale

2014         »Der Mensch ist ein Geheimnis«, Lyonel Feininger Gallery, Quedlinburg

2014         »Der Mensch ist ein Geheimnis«, Dostojevski museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

 

Works

 

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BODY IS A GARAGE, Installation view, Cirque (Vestibule), KASK School of Arts

 

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Performance with Dorien Buys & Senne Vanderschelden, Cirque (Vestibule), KASK School of Arts

 

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Video Installation, Live webcam, Cirque (Anatomical theatre), KASK School of Arts

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LENZ, Video stills, Performance, 2 Dogs, meat, old ladies choir, exotic fruits, garden shredder, Gallery Zaglmaier, Halle (Saale), 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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DINO, Modell: Thomas Stern 2004, HGB Exhibition, Operation Grenze, Memorial to the German division, Marienborn 2017

 

 

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DINO (hidden track), Modell: Thomas Stern 2006, HGB Exhibition, Operation Grenze, Memorial to the German division, Marienborn 2017

 

„For a group exhibition at the Memorial to the German division Marienborn, I installed dinosaur figures from the Dinosaur Park Kleinwelka on the site. In addition to the specific GDR history of the Dinosaur Park, the work points to questions of the preservation of history, the authenticity of places and also refers to an increasing eventualization of memorial culture. In the short documentation, we follow the act of installing the dinosaur figures at the Memorial site in preparation for the art exhibition. After the dinosaur figures are revealed, we see people reacting with elation, which seems alien in a place with a certain code of dignity towards its history.“

 

 

 

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Traveler through all times, Opening Performance, HGB Exhibition, Operation Grenze, Memorial to the German division, Marienborn 2017

 

„During the opening of the exhibition I did a performance, where I try to re-enact the gestures of a border guard during his daily operations at the former border control. Wearing a VR display, I could see the realitiy through the digital mediated image on my smart phone. From the outside the audience could only guess my visions by my movements, which dealed with the digital dilemma of the increasing accessibility and participation through technology and the resulting isolation within the technological apparatus. At the same time I wanted to travel back to the memories of my father, who served at the border, when he was the same age as me now, to understand the conflict of following the firing order.“

 

 

 

 

 

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Borrowed Fantasies, Performance with the HGB choir, Opening Rundgang HGB, Leipzig 2017 (Photo by Johanna Terhechte)

 

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Borrowed Fantasies, Installation view, room 232, Rundgang HGB 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rundgang HGB, 2016