Julia Mensch

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Rafaels Reise (Fotografien, 2010)

 

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Iskra (Installation, Holzschnitte, Zeitung, 2012)

 

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Iskra-Essay (Installation, Vorträge, soziale Situation, 2014)

 

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Iskra-Essay (Installation, Vorträge, soziale Situation, 2014)

 

Iskra is a three part work by artist Julia Mensch dealing with the newspaper Iskra, founded by Lenin and printed in Leipzig 1901–1903. The first part is an installation about her grandfather Rafael, who in 1973 was traveling from Argentina to the GDR and Soviet Union to learn about their socialist system. Mensch revisited places, which her grandfather originally saw and photographed them again (2010). In a followup-work (2012) she visited the remains of the Iskra Museum in Leipzig and made woodcuts of people who were involved in the production of Iskra at their time. She also published a newspaper on the subject. During her most recent intervention she managed to re-open the space for public display and discussions, before the building will be transformed into a residential building. (2014)

 

Andrea Fraser

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A new montage of scenes from »Un Banquete en Tetlapayac« where Andrea Fraser played a peasant, creates the narration of a revolutionary uprising in 1930s Mexico. Fraser also appears in another role, as Francses Flynn Paine, a curator and promoter of Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera, or Alfaro Siqueiros, closely affiliated with Abby Rockefeller. The double projection is accompanied by a letter from Paine, which Fraser found during her research, stating »Mexican artists will cease to be ‘reds’ if we can get them artistic recognition.«.

 

Kirsi Liimatainen

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Comrade where are you today (documentary film, 2014), screenshot

 

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Comrade where are you today (documentary film, 2014), screenshot

 

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Comrade where are you today (documentary film, 2014), screenshot

 

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Comrade where are you today (documentary film, 2014), screenshot

 

In 1988 Kirsi Marie Liimatainen leaves the political squatting movement of her hometown Tampere in Finland and heads for the GDR. She and her fellow students were invited to East Berlin to study Marxist-Leninist theory for one year at the International Youth Academy Wilhelm Pieck. In the summer of 1989 the course ends and the students spread out over the entire world. A few months later the Berlin Wall falls… The documentary tells a story about the past, when dreams of a better world still seemed possible, about the present, where political visions look like having come to an end and about a future that´s uncertain to all of us. (press text)

 

Ad Reinhardt

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Red Painting, 1952 (oil on canvas, 275 x 102 cm)

It is not undisputed wether Reinhardt would have called himself a communist or not, and if he has been a member of the communist party in the US. However, the FBI found it worth to monitor him for being involved with illustrations and editorial work for radical leftist magazines in the 1950s. Art Historian Annika Marie suggests in her 1996 dissertation, that Reinhardt took anti-Stalinist, Trotzkist positions. Reinhardt is known for his minimalism in painting.

 

Jeronimo Voss

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Phantasmagorical Horizon (2013), single channel video, 15:00 min

 

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Phantasmagorical Horizon (2013), single channel video, 15:00 min

 

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Phantasmagorical Horizon (2013), single channel video, 15:00 min

 

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Phantasmagorical Horizon (2013), single channel video, 15:00 min

 
Phantasmagorical Horizon (2013) by Jeronimo Voss refers to the Laterna Magica projections onto smoke or moving clothes. To be found at fairs after the french revolution these projections were featuring ghostly imagery of revolutionaries such as Danton, Marat or Robespierre. Voss’ movie starts out with an interview about the phantasmagorical theatre of the 18th century to further develop into a montage of todays glass and transparent architecture, that represents post-modern design as an expression of late-capitalism.

 

 

 

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