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Christian Borchert (*1942 in Dresden, † 2000 in Berlin) left behind a systematized and sophisticated East German chronicle of his epoch. His archive is comprised of 230,000 black-and-white negatives, 18,000 prints (which he called working prints), and about 2,300 35-mm slides.
Born in Belgrade in 1976 Ivan Grubanov represented Serbia in the 2015 Venice Biennial with the painterly installation "United Dead Nations" and created one of the most poignant artworks at this Biennale. The German magazine ART recently listed him as one of the most important 14 upcoming painters.
Gregory Halpern (*1977 in Buffalo, NY) is an American photographer and a nominee member of Magnum Photos. “What’s interesting to me about the world is its chaos and contradictions, the way opposites can be so beautiful in relation to each other,” says Halpern of his practice.
Callum Innes´ (*1962 in Edinburgh, Scottland) abstract paintings reveal a transcendental physicality that reflects his interest in the fragility of human existence. His process of painting articulates this notion of becoming and passing by filling the surface of the image with paint, then washing sections clean.
For 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."
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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 started as a photographer in East Berlin. Thanks to the support of Arno Fischer, in 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's (*1961 in Hiroshima, Japan) career started in the 1980s with the question Is this existence on earth itself a blessing? Recently, she is looking for the meaning of matrix which she perceives as the continuity of life on earth and in nature through the anima ever-present in the natural elements such as light, water, wind, heat, gravity and color.
Rika Noguchi (*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 recent years, she has been mainly concerned with the phenomenon of light and, as she describes, the "small miracles" that surround us every day, but that remain hidden from our perception due to contstant overstimulation and distraction in contemporary life.
In Kristin Nordhøy's (*1977 Oslo, Norway) drawings,the lines create a spatiality, giving this traditionally two-dimensional medium an unexpected sense of depth. The technical and formal qualities, as well as the visual effects of the drawings are in heavy dialouge with the works of Surrealist artist Max Ernst, Minimalist artist Agnes Martin, and Op artist Bridget Riley.
"In variating formats my paintings show the many levels of reality. These levels need each other; idyll and danger, good and evil - their existence is intertwined. Something is amiss if one side is too strong or if one interpretation predominates. I want to capture the parallelity of life in-betweens." – Miwa Ogasawara (*1973 in Kyoto, Japan)
"The visual sources of my motifs are based on various actions that arise from my memories and daily perceptions. I am interested in the interplay of spatial and formal elements, the synthesis of architectural elements and the juxtaposition of information and non-information. I intend to give form to the invisible, the negative and the in-between space." – Irina Ojovan (*1988 in Chisinau, Moldovia)
Manfred Paul (*1942 in Schraplau, Saxony-Anhalt) is an important representative of East German photography. Alongside Arno Fischer and Sibylle Bergemann, his work contributed to a multi-layered picture of a historical period. "Perhaps pictures are a way to understand life at all. At least to find metaphors for explaining life, and yet you always find that it is actually not tangible." (Manfred Paul)
"In my works I reverse the everyday, pragmatic, loud and bright elements of human infrastructure into their opposite. They then appear as if shock-frozen. In the silence and concentration of these transformations, the viewer can reassemble the found elements in thought and in this way draw new conclusions about the relationship between space, humans, architecture, mobility and perception." – Natalia Stachon (*1976 in Kattowitz, Polen)
"I never created women's art or feminist art just because it was trendy. What I did was existential for me, it was a survival strategy. It was simply art." – Garbiele Stötzer (*1953 Emleben, Gotha). Defying the confines imposed on her by the repressive political system of the GDR, she developed an art practice that was groundbreaking for many themes of contemporary political art by questioning gender roles and cultural norms through a wide variety of media such as performance, photography, textiles, writing, painting and film. With the body as the starting point and subject of her artistic output, Stötzer created a body of work that is unique in its scope.
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 is comprised of a range of meanings, from “nothing” to “in between,” “relationship”, “gap,” all the way to “something.”
In the process of creating her works, the Japanese painter Kaoru Usukubo (*1981 in Japan) utilizes the expansive capacity of digital media. In her fragmentary, collage-like paintings, she reflects on the functioning of our worlds of thought, memories and associations. In her work Usukubo evokes ambivalent situations between dreams and reality.
Ulrich Wüst (*1949 in Magdeburg) was one of the most relevant photographers of the GDR. Beyond that, it is important that his work be considered in a larger historical and international context of photographers such as Albert Renger-Patzsch, August Sander, Bernd und Hilla Becher in Germany as well as Walker Evans and Stephen Shore in the US.
In her most recent film 'Psychotasia' (2022), Holly Zausner (*1951 in New Jersey, NYC) plays a woman in search for answers to universal questions about the human condition, through emotionally-charged interactions with the art and architecture of Venice. The visual metaphor of a labyrinth serves as a guiding principle – exploring meaning within our life choices and confronting ideas of mortality – taking the protagonist on mazelike path deeper and deeper into the complex cultural history of the city.