Sibylle Bergemann | Estate
Born in Belgrade in 1976 Ivan Grubanov has represented Serbia on the 2015 Venice Biennial with the painterly installation "United Dead Nations" and created one of the most poignant artworks at this Biennale. The German magazin ART recently listed him as one of the most important 14 upcoming painters.
Callum Innes´ (*1962 in Edinburgh, Schottland) abstract paintings reveal a transcendental physicality that reflects his interest in the fragility of human existence. His process of painting includes this notion of becoming and passing by filling the surface of the image with paint, then washing sections clean.
With Takehito Koganezawa (*1974 in Tokyo, Japan), drawing and video are always linked and mutually interdependent – they are the instruments of his methods of visualizing the „Ma“. „I want to see nothingness, really nothingness”, and as he once explained in an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, in order to see the hole in the donut, you first have to draw the donut.
York der Knoefel | Estate
Jörg Knöfel (1962–2011) worked under the pseudonym York der Knoefel with a wide array of changing media (such as painting, drawing and installations) after German reunification. In the mid-80s his artistic career had started as a photographer in East Berlin. Thanks to the support of Arno Fischer, 1986 Knöfel was able to join the Verband Bildener Künstler (Association of Fine Artists GDR) among Tina Bara and Sven Marquardt as a self-taught artist.
Rei Naito (*1961 in Hiroshima, Japan) started her career in the 1980ies with the question „Is this existence on earth itself a blessing?“. Recently, she is looking for the meaning of „matrix“ which she perceives as a continuity of life on earth and in nature, and through natural anima such as light, water, wind, heat, gravity and color.
NOGUCHI Rika (*1971 in Saitama, Japan) started photography in the early 1990s and quickly gained attention for her highly accomplished work as award winner of the Grand Prize of New Cosmos of Photography by Canon Global in Japan
In the last years she experimented wiht light phenomena
In den letzten Jahren beschäftigte sie sich vor allem mit dem Phänomen Licht und den, wie sie selbst sagt „kleinen Wundern“, die uns tagtäglich umgeben, aber unserer Wahrnehmung wegen Überreizung und zu großer Ablenkungen verborgen bleiben.
"I’m skeptical about everything that is finished, completed, absolute and total. For that reason I work in series and variants. Every work originates from a previous one. They refer to each other and are connected among themselves. For that reason I prefer modular systems. Conditions, actions. Everything that you can staple, bundle up, hang, and pile up. They generate first an alleged order, but in fact their differences are still contained: their deconstruction, transformation, destruction. My works reside exactly in between. In transition between becoming and vanishing."
– Natalia Stachon (*1976 in Kattowitz, Polen)
Known for his haunting portraits of solitary Americans in "Sleeping by the Mississippi" and "Broken Manual", with his new series "Songbook" Alec Soth (*1969 in Minneapolis, USA) has recently turned his lens toward community life in the United States. Over the course of three years, Soth, accompanied by writer Brad Zellar, set out from Minneapolis, Minnesota pretending to be a small-town reporter for the self-published newspaper "LBM Dispatch". In the spirit of W. Eugene Smith and other Life Magazine photojournalists from the 1940s and 1950s, he traveled to specific areas across the United States for weeks at a time, photographing the people, topography, and local history. Fragmentary, funny, and sad, Songbook is a lyrical depiction of the tension between American individualism and the ongoing desire to be united.
Yoshihiro Suda (*1969, Yamanashi, Japan) is known for his wood sculptures of flowers and plants. In his installations, he works with the Japanese notion of ma, which comprises a whole range of meanings, from “nothing” to “in between,” “relationship”, “gap,” all the way to “something.”
Ulrich Wüst (*1949 in Magdeburg) was one of the most important photographers of the GDR. But beyond that, his work should be seen in a larger historical and international context of photographers like Albert Renger-Patzsch, August Sander, Bernd und Hilla Becher in Germany as well as Walker Evans and Stephen Shore in the US.
The short film "Unsettled Matter" explores ideas about alienation in contemporary society, film history, and different aspects of New York culture. The film is set in a deserted New York City, devoid of people and cars except for the artist as a film noir character. One woman, Holly Zausner (*1951 in New Jersey, NYC) herself, is moving through the city on a mysterious journey. She plays an archetype, an anti-hero wearing a trench coat, dark sunglasses, and a weathered visage that shows no emotion.