AESTHETICS AND VIOLENCE

My preoccupation with forms of violence, physical as well as social, has been forming my artistic work for more than twenty years. During my studies and in the years before 2009, I worked on different aspects of violence, e. g. regarding the work and biography of the Italian mannerist composer Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1564-1613) or dealing with questions of voluntary martyrdom („Swan's song“). The incidences of September 11, 2001 led to the installation „Phoenix11092001“.

From the start of my Ph. D. studies in Weimar and since my first stay in Afghanistan in 2009, my focus is directed to the question how, transgressing borderlines of time and cultures, the experience of violence can be visualized and, by that, can be made bearable. Here, not only the Afghan „war rugs“ and rickshaw paintings play a crucial role, but as well broadsheets, votive paintings and etchings from the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) mainly in Germany (Jacques Callot, Hans Ulrich Franck, Michael Herr).

In my latest project, „Trauma Transfer“ for Mannheim Kunstverein the spectre of forms of expression was broadened. Tus, visual hybrids between times and cultures are created.

The question of testimony in the conflict between the artist's and the victim's role is another important aspect of my work, as well as the question how to deal with images of terror. Also questions of authorship are raised in the context of my intercultural cooperative projects.