Untitled (God is a woman, and She knows how to dance)
"God is a woman, and She knows how to dance", neon text on the balcony facing the altar, Johanneskirche, Dusseldorf, 2017
500 years Reformation, anniversary exhibition, organised by eKir, curated by Holger Hagedorn. Foto credits: ekir.de / Andrea Dingeldein
Sun salutation for beginners (Sonnengruß für Anfänger) Upward dog and other poses.
Exhibition view, NEW, Mönchengladbach, 2017
The exhibition includes videos ("The Tao of Sebastian", and "The path for beginners"), objects ("Upward dog and other poses", "Origami exercises"), and drawings (the series "Penetrations" s. below)
from the exhibition "Sun salutation for beginners"
Series of drawings on bank forms as part of the exhibition "Sun salutation for beginners" The drawings are based on works of famous female artists that manage to penetrate the male dominated art world.
Tic tac toi
Series of interactive paintings finished with other painters as the tic tac toi game
Exhibition view, Water tower, Mönchengladbach, 2017
Open studio, with Elmar Hermann and Nina Nowak
(with Elmar Hermann) Exhibition view from isdaT Toulouse and Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf, 2015/16
created during a in Toulouse, France in the Summer of 2015. The work deals
with the interrelations between language, philosophy and culture, and in particular, with the links between philosophical concepts and popular culture.
Excerpts of video works made btw 2007 and 2015, 10 min selection
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The Tao of Sebastian
Video installation, part of the installation "Sun Salutation for beginners", 10', 2016.
An improvised conversation about Taoism and existential philosophical questions, based on the book Tao te Pooh (by Benjamin Hoff).
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The path for beginners
Video, part of the installation "Sun Salutation for beginners", 6', 2016.
A quizz on existential philosophical questions, based on the video The Tao of Sebastian. It is part of the installation "Sun Solitude for Beginners".
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Un dragon n’est pas un esclave! (A dragon is not a slave!)
(with Elmar Hermann) Video installation, part of the installation "AAAAAAA", 8', 2015.
The work, made during a residency in Toulouse, reconstructs a historic debate from 1971 by Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault on the topic of human nature. It breaks down and adapts the discussion to an “everyday talk”, to the point the talk is alienated enough to get linked to a famous quote from “Game of Thrones”. The dragon from the popular TV series , and the gargoyle from the medieval Toulousian architecture, both representing power, freedom and creativity, are central symbols in the video. Made up of fragments of different animals like bird, lion, snake, they do not exist as a whole in the real world, but are loaded with metaphorical meaning. Similarly, the reconstructed conversation between Chomsky and Foucault crumbles away in fragments, phrases and assertions, illustrating the discrepancy in cultural perspectives of two colossal thinkers from the United States and Europe: a real conversation is hardly possible, but it is rather a competition or a power-game for intellectual authority.
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Object Manipulating Economy
Exhibition curated by Aman Sandhu & Swapnaa Tamhane: ' The manipulation / transformation / changing process that objects - whether found or made or imagined - undergo.'
Experiment with materials and shapes, weight, tension and stability.
Installation of shapes and forms; applying meaning to objects that have lost their inherent function, like cardboard boxes, empty mugs and packages; mixing references to everyday objects with different art-historical references to create a specific symbolic language.
Tell me more - unfinished, ongoing project
I ask people who speak different mother languages to speak to each other in their own language, so that no one understands the languages of the other participants. I give a topic and a setting of the conversation, but the rest is up to the participants. I document this unique experience of having a conversation without using a common spoken language. The topics vary from small talks and introduction to each others, through a conversation about the news, to talks about love, relationship and dead. The translation of the conversation is inserted as subtitles of the video. The footages below are from the one time try of 'Studio visit' conversation. Maria speaks in Spanish, Adam in Hebrew and Andreas in Norwegian. The project is unfinished. I am currently looking for funding for a new version.
1'30'' loop, color, sound, video installation, 2014
This video, shot at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue, NY, is part of series of video- observations in New York between 2012 and 2014. I was recording moving images of anonymous individuals, or masses of people on “iconic” places in New York City, like the Apple Store, Central Park, China Town, and others. I re-contextualize and simplify those footages, to isolate from them patterns and principles of movements, and reveal the hidden choreography underneath, until the entire piece looks like a staged performance with a deeper meaning behind. I look for creative principles and meaning behind the random and natural. To play the video please contact the artist for a password.
Superman, can you hear me?
Made as an image and sound collage this video installation deals with media propaganda and the way people reflect media in their personal life. It brings up the super-hero fixation of contemporary US culture. The sound is appropriated from reality shows, news, movies, and popular media. The images are snapshots of young people in their own environment. To play the video please contact the artist for a password.
Does not compute
A solo exhibition of my works, curated as a 'group show'. It includes one photographic serie, two paintings, three sculpture groups and four video works. The main theme of the show is symbol and meaning, language and communication/misscommunication. To play the video please contact the artist for a password.
Tell me, tell
From the show 'Does not compute'. 2011, 10 min, HD. For this work I asked two friends who speak different mother languages (Kannada and Bengali) to speak to each other in their own language, so none of them understands the languages of the other participant. I gave a topic and a setting of the conversation, but the rest was up to the participants. Eventually I asked each of them to translate her/his part of the conversation, and inserted the translation as subtitles of the video. The misunderstanding elevates the conversation to a level of an abstract language sculpture as the language itself loses its function of a direct communication tool and adopts a second metaphorical meaning outside of the traditional one. To play the video please contact the artist for a password.
18 min, 2011. From the show "Does not compute". A video portrait of the eccentric scientist and friend of mine Saj Houssain. A chemisist and fashion junky, he has a huge collection of bow ties and choses every day a different one to go to work with. I asked him to let me film him putting on different bow ties from his colection for as long as he could. We shot the video in his bedroom, on the background of his favorite music. To play the video please contact the artist for a password.
Girl descending staircase
8 min, 2012. From the show "Does not compute". This loop, made out of photo images, is in its origin a delegated performance: I asked a female friend of mine, who holds a PHD in Molecular Biology to descend multiple times a staircase leading to her work- laboratory, until she gets tired. The performance/video is a reference to the works of Marcel Duchamp (Nude descending staircase), and Gerhard Richter (Woman descending staircase), giving to these thema my perspective of a foreign female artist who lives in a multicultural environment. To play the video please contact the artist for a password.
4 min, 2012. From the show "Does not compute". This is a work about communicational stereotypes and gender emancipation. Each of the participants was asked a question that is not revealed to the public. The answers are documented only with a digital photo camera, without sound. To play the video please contact the artist for a password.
11'28”, 2009; This is an excerpt of a 40 min video and performance collaboration with the musicians from “Tasogare World”. I asked them to improvise parts of the movies “Arizona Dream” and “James Bond” in the gallery space of Ballhaus, Dusseldorf, while listening to their music. It is a video about the improvisation and the play as forms of learning and exploring. To play the video please contact the artist for a password.
Whatever Michael says is true
1 min, 2010; A twist of the gender roles in the original plot of an iconic movie from the 70-ies (“Miami Vice”, with Pam Grier). I appropriated and re-edited part of the movie in a way that shows the female protagonist as the stronger superhero, in opposite to the original plot where she actually gets rescued by the male superhero. The end statement “Whatever Michael Says is True...”, taken from a google search about true brings back the “male” stereotype, leaving open questions about the way we create cultural and gender conventions through movies and the use of language. To play the video please contact the artist for a password.
Why study Philosophy
15 min, 2009; This video is based on Hume’s causality theory. It includes different cuts that obviously don’t have anything to do with each other, but through the juxtaposition and the context suggest a narrative fiction. The main idea behind the narrative is how do revolutions raise- an abstract story about anger and revenge. The viewer is invited to create his/her own story out of it and give the footages a different meaning. According Hume’s theory, we can never know if events are really connected to each other although we often make the connections in our own minds. To play the video please contact the artist for a password.
Art everywhere- video
8 min, 2009; A video work about „Crowds and Power“, inspired by a book of Elias Canettis with the same title. The images are documentaries from protests in Bulgaria, and from a traditional celebration for the end of the winter. To play the video please contact the artist for a password.
Art Everywhere- objects
A furniture- like construction, whose functionality is taken away. They are there only to remind on furniture but stand as art objects. Inspired by a found construction of car tires in Bulgaria.
Photo series of 10 images (A4 format), taken from a bus driving from The Bronx to the Museum Mile in Manhattan, NY in 2012. This work investigates the relationship between culture, architecture and living standards in the different parts of New York.
The landlord moved to Italy
Series of 8 double prints, variable dimensions, 2009-2012. The work investigates the idea of moving away, traveling and searching for the right place. It is created with images from different countries where I stayed for days or months. The images are mostly snap shots that have a memory for me in my way of getting to know different cultures.
50 pictures that explain the world
A4 prints, 2007. Series of snap shots taken on the streets of Düsseldorf in 2007 during one week of walking around.
Public installation in Mainz, Germany. Foam, leather, garbage bins, LED light, 2006. I covered with foam and leather the inside of a couple of public garbage bins on the streets of Mainz. They looked like inverted furniture. The work is appropriation of the public space, taking from it a functionality away, and giving it a different meaning.
Ana, Jana, Ina and Nina
Human size boxes made out of found materials and cushioned inside with foam and leather.
Pink Pylon (1998-2003)
Wood, 2007. This work reflects the search for heroes and romanticism in the contemporary society. The object is inspired by an original Pink Pylon in the UK used for the film "Amongs Giants" (reg. Sam Miller). In this movie the groom painted on moonlight a nearby electrical pylon in pink as a wedding present for his future wife. After the movie was released the pylon got a website and a fan club but had a short life as it was demolished and sold in parts on an auction. This work, made as a 'monument' for the pink pylon, is a comment on the instant-hero-driven society we live in.
Private drawings of contemporary art (excerpt from the book)
Hand drawings of art works that I like, was inspider by or was told to look up. It is an act of appropriation and at the same time, being recognised as someone elses work, the drawings reflect the importance of art in creating cultural symbols and meaning.
Prints and paintings
2012 MFA SUNY, Stony Brook, NY, USA 2012 Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies, SUNY Stony Brook, NY, USA
2007 Academy of Art Dusseldorf (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf) Germany,
with Rita McBride and guest student of Peter Doig; (“Meisterschüler” of prof. Rita McBride)
2005 Vordiplom Academy of Art, Mainz, Germany (with W.Virnich)
Award from eKir for the show "reFORMation-transFORMation" at Johanneskirche, Dusseldorf, 2017 Artist residency at ISDAT Toulouse, France, sponsored by Kulturamt Dusseldorf, 2015
Water tower, two years residency at the Water tower, Mönchengladbach, Germany, 2014 Kunststiftung NRW Project Grant, Germany, 2013
Travel Grant, Ministry of Culture, NRW, Germany, 2013
Art residency at Vermont Studio Center, USA (scholarship from VSC), 2013
Step Up 2012 Real Art Ways (consolation prize) 2012
Simons Center Award, 2010
Fulbright Scholarship, 2009 to 2011
Lepsien Art Fondation, one year studio residency, 2008
“Dis solution”, 2009
“On Produceability”, 2008
“Fieber tief in den Taschen”, 2008
"Kunst: jetzt. Ida Gerhardi Förderpreis", 2007
"Starp Citu Riga Mainz", 2005
selected video works
Tell me more
A dragon is not a slave!
Superman, Can You Hear Me?
Tell me, tell
445km in searching for evidences
Whatever Michael Says is True
Why Study Philosophy/ probe 1
Welcome On Board
"Sun salutation for beginners" (solo), NEW Mönchengladbach, Germany
"parc/ours" (with Elmar Hermann and Nina Nowak), Water tower, Mönchengladbach, Germany
"AAAAAAA", Filmwerkstatt Dusseldorf, Germany (with Elmar Hermann)
"A dragon is not a slave", ISDAT Toulouse, Frankreich (with Elmar Hermann)
"Object Manipulating Econimy", Fröhls, Mönchengladbach,
cur. by Swapnaa Tamhane and Aman Sandhu
"The City - A Screen" group show in different cities in Bulgaria, among other
Sofia, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Russe cur. by Ivo Ivanov and eXaf
"Factum- video art" video screening, Povdiv, Bulgaria, cur. by eXaf
"Unspecific Shapes" Library Gallery, Stony Brook, NY (solo)
"Bound" Staller Center Gallery, Stony Brook, NY
"Videoholica Varna", videofestival Varna, Bulgaria
"Photography", The Green Point Gallery, Green Point, NY
"Emerging", Gallery North, Setauket, NY
"Does Not Compute", Lawerence Alloway Gallery, Stony Brook, NY (solo)
"Art Student Exhibition", ISE Cultural Foundation, NYC
"Brood", SAC Gallery, Stony Brook University, NY
"Maieutics", Lawerence Alloway Gallery, Stony Brook, NY
"Glamouring", DUMBO, (with Moira Williams), NYC
"Now, respiration of the side story", Art Forum JARFO, Kyoto, Japan
"Trendwende", Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Germany (curated by Katja Schlenker)
"Dis solition", Lepsien Art Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany
"Art Entre Quatre Murs", Les Abattoirs, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toulouse, France (curated by Katja Schlenker)
"New Talents", Art Biennial Cologne, Germany (curated by NUANS)
"Start from Zero", Kalamatra, Video Art Festival Miden, Greece (curated by Gioula Papadopoulou, Margarita Stavraki)
"Visions in the Nunnery", the Nunnery Gallery, London, UK (curated by Tessa Garladn, Cinzia Cremona, Darshana Vora)
"Fieber tief in den Taschen", Schloss Waldhausen, Germany (curated by Winfried Virnich)
"On Produceability", Alti Aylik, Istanbul, Turkey (curateed by NUANS)
"Wir sind auch Film" video screening, Black Box, Dusseldorf, Germany
"Tasogare Doki" video performance with Tasogare World, Ballhaus, Dusseldorf, Germany (curated by NUANS)
"Kunst jetzt", "Ida Gerhardi Förderpreis", Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid, Germany
"KunstFilmTag” video screening, Malkasten, Dusseldorf, Germany (curated by Suzanne Fasbender)
"Meine Nachbarn waren begeistert" Förderverein Alte Post, Neuss, Germany (curated b y Suzanne Ristow)
"Turtle Project" with Michael Shamberg, Woburn Studios, London, UK
"Regarding Düsseldorf", Kunstverein 701, Düsseldorf, Germany (curated by Pia Witzmann)
"Das letzte Wort Der Kunst" Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Group show, Klasse McBride, Germany
"Starp Citu Riga&Mainz" show in Riga (Latvia) and Mainz (Germany)
"Gegenwärtig", "Ausstellung in Stadtraum Mainz", Mainz, Germany
"Neongrau" Kunstraum Mato, Offenbach am Main, Germany
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