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Group Exhibition

»Dekonstruktion und Montage«

Photocentrum Gilberto-Bosques-Volkshochschule Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg | Project class of Thomas Michalak

Felicitas Berens, Eva Grillhösl, Michael Kemmer, Natascha Kratochwila, Susanne Leibold, Thomas Michalak, Julia Zacharias

As residents of the global north-west, we have been living in a universe of images since the middle of the last century. An increasingly large part of what we think we know about the world is mediated. To handle the sheer volume of graphics, photos and short video clips, our interpretation follows simple patterns intended by both the image and the medium. Image effects can be very strong, but still not conscious. Without consciousness, but no free action.

Deconstruction (a term developed by Jaques Derrida that combines the two parts destruction and construction) is a method of dissolving given image and interpretation patterns, uncovering intentional or unconscious distortions of perception (bias) and unmasking hidden communication intentions. As a form of conscious appropriation, montage allows you to formulate your own statements (hypotheses).

Images serve to seek, find and assert identity. In emancipation movements, confronted with images that are unsuitable or missing for one’s own life, deconstruction and assembly are therefore frequently used pictorial techniques.

The participants of the project course »Deconstruction and Assembly« at the Photocentrum of the VHS Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (led by Thomas Michalak) spent a year working on the course topic. Initially, the focus was on getting to know established artistic positions. After the research, each question was sharpened and finally a pictorial form was developed.

With works by: Felicitas Berens, Eva Grillhösl, Michael Kemmer, Natascha Kratochwila, Susanne Leibold, Thomas Michalak and Julia Zacharias.

A 64-page catalog will accompany the exhibition.

For further infos please visit the exhibition website:
exhibit.photocentrum.de/dekonstruktion-und-montage/

© Eva Grillhösl, „o.T.“, aus der Arbeit „Gott mit dir, du Land der Bayern“, 2022
© Felicitas Berens „o.T.“, aus der Arbeit „uns“zwei „ngal“", 2022
© Julia Zacharias „Down in flames“ aus der Arbeit „Gezeiten“, 2022
© Michael Kemmer „Kissen“ aus der Arbeit „Püppi“
© Natascha Kratochwila „Iris“ aus der Arbeit „Göttinnen und / oder Superheldinnen“, 2022
© Susanne Leibold „Werte“ aus der Arbeit „BILD“, 2022
© Thomas Michalak „Konfrontation (1)“ aus der Arbeit „Nicht das Auge, die Hand.“, 2022
Photocentrum @ Kunstquartier Bethanien | Dekonstruktion und Montage | Seminar Thomas Michalak | Ausstellungskatalog

Framework program

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Thursday, October 27, 2022, 7 pm
Opening reception
Speakers: Peter Lattermann (Head of Photocentrum) and Thomas Michalak (Course leader)

Sunday, October 30, 2022, 4 pm
Guided tour with the artists & finissage

Photocentrum der Gilberto Bosques VHS Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

Oct 28 — 30, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 27, 7 pm
+ Framework program: please see above

Mariannenplatz 2 · 10997 Berlin
[District: Kreuzberg | Borough: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg]

Opening hours for this exhibition: Mon – Fri 2 – 8 pm, Sat & Sun 12 – 6 pm

Admission free

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