September 9th to November 5th, 2023
Opening: Sunday September 10th at 11.30am
**Finissage with a new performance by Veronika Merklein: Sunday November 5th at 3:30 p.m. **
konform-NON-konform / Antlitz der neuen Zeit
(translates to something like: compliant-NON-compliant / face of the new era)
A group exhibition with video, photography and performance. New questions about the representation of people, inspired by an old title: “Antlitz der Zeit”, the legendary photo project by August Sander. How do I look? How do I want to look? How do others see me? What role(s) do I embody – in my family, in my clique, at my work, in society? What do I tell about myself? What do others know about me? When Alfred Döblin wrote in the foreword to August Sander’s famous portrait collection in 1929 about a collective force that shapes society’s faces, things still seemed quite simple from today’s perspective. In contrast, today we experience the supposed reality of the image of the self in areas of tension that can hardly be resolved: between the ideal of self-determination and loss of control in the media, between the super ego and self-doubt or between individualism and being absorbed into collective trends. There is no doubt that images in all media forms have a central function in this confusing variety of mechanisms of self-perception and self-representation. So it makes sense to explore the classic theme of the human image, including self-portrait, from the perspective of contemporary artists.
Fotos of the exhibition below by: Helmut Claus