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Dimitar Hristov

Milan Andov

PostWalterismus

Kristina Aleksandrovska

Atanas Botev

Agron Saliu

Zusammen in der Vielfalt

face to face

 mARTyr

Drei Positionen

Euge Borkovsky

Goce Andonoski

 

25.04. - 18.05.2014
mARTyr


Tim Deussen, Deutschland
Salam Diab, Palestinian
Adi-Ben-Horin, Israel

 

Kurator: Stephan Weitzel

           

Tim Deussen                                              Salam Diab                              Adi-Ben-Horin

 

      

 

       

 

       

 

From Trauma to Traum

Political art? Sure! Political art today? Sure, even more so!
Works of art are always utterly subjective and, if of true artistic value, always utterly universal.

Salam Diab lives and works as a member of the arabic minority in the city of Tamra where this minority though is the almost overall majority. Experiencing oneself as a part of this opposite and working as an Israeli artist with a Palestinian background have an influence on Salam Diab's worldview and the art emanating from it.
Adi Ben Horin, who was born in a kibbutz and who continues living there, close to the Lebanese borders, has been influenced by the proto-socialist project of such a shielded community, though being exposed to the threat of the armed forces. As a child Adi Ben Horin used to play hide and seek in the tranches cutting through the grounds as lines of defense from possible rocket attacks. In his current works one can find the traces of those long gone memories.
Tim Deussen grew up in then Western Germany, in the city of Düsseldorf, during the golden years of its Art Academy and School of Photography. After Germany's reunification Tim Deussen moved to the former east of Berlin and started investigating the recent past of bygone GDR.

All three address, directly or indirectly, issues of the hero and martyr.
Heroes usually are dead. Martyrs are tragic heros, unwillingly because they have been forced into their destiny, or deliberately through an act of willpower. Most commonly a martyr does not exist solely by himself. Either others have engendered his being a hero, or he has swept away others in his step forward. Martyrdom means suffering and trauma. Art, by addressing such issues, may offer a vision, a dream, a Traum, for stepping out of fate, not as an escape but as a means for gestating a liveable future.

This exhibition allows the beholder an insight into those complexities and how they might be related to other, apparently alien contexts.

Stephan Weitzel, 2014