OpenArt biennale 18th June - 10th September Search

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Artists

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Etam Cru

1987, Turek, Poland. Lives and works in Turek, Poland * 1987, Lodz, Poland. Lives and works in Gdynia, Poland *

Melancholia

This is art that stands out in the grey urban environment. The Polish artist duo Etam Cru brings to life forgotten streets with explosions of colours and shapes, filling pockets of opportunity with a fresh burst of creativity. Drawing on Eastern European folklore, they show us shimmering moments from life that everyone can identify with. […]

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Chiaharu Shiota

*1972, Osaka, Japan. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Sailing in the sky

We live in a speedy society. We are busy working and keeping our obligations fulfilled and we sometimes forget about ourselves, our inner feelings or true desires. The role an artist has, or at least that is how I like to see it, is to create a world within a hectic world of inner peace […]

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Toxicomano Callejero

*1979, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia. *1988, Zipaquira, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.

Mestizaje is not dead I

Toxicómano Callejero is a collective currently formed by two urban artists, who since 2001 have been working with graffiti, street art, stencil and muralism. Their style is characterized by the use of high contrast images, portrait photos, old fashioned illustrations that mix with some critical, ironic or propositional messages. Their street artworks attract a lot […]

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Niklas Fännick

*1983, Gothenburg, Sweden. Lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden

Sågelskådning (Birdwatching)

The artwork is temporarily taken down for maintenance. The edge in my work is not primarily to shape but to capture. My work consist basically in finding pieces of everyday junk that bears a certain personality or expression. It’s that specific piece I want. I put it in a context with other objects to highlight […]

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Kristin Capp

1964, Seattle, US. Lives and works in Windhoek, Namibia

Brasil

My photographic work is an extension of my immediate life environment and personal journey. While based in the western United States in the 90’s, my work mirrored a personal investigation into the Hutterite community in eastern Washington State and culminated in the book, Hutterite: A World of Grace (Zurich, 1998). While living in New York […]

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Greger Ståhlgren

*1966, Hultsfred, Sweden. Lives and works in Alingsås, Sweden

Korintiskt (Corinthian)

Greger Ståhlgren works with a variety of media and techniques, including photography, sculpture and site-specific installations, with a primary focus on nature and cultural history.  He bases his practice on direct experience with nature; the forest plays a central role in both photography and three-dimensional works.Much of his sculptural work combines humor and an element […]

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Ea ten Kate

*1981, Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden

Vardagsprotest (Weekday protest)

“Comfort for the Public Space” I work within the contexts of contemporary textile arts, printmaking and the rich and varied ritual vocabulary found in indiginous cultures and religious imagery. The question that permeates my practice is: What gives us comfort? How do we use the things we see, read and touch to find peace in […]

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SOB

*1984, Crema, Italy. Lives and works in Moscazzano, Italy

Inside the breath

Stefano Ogliari Badessi is a nomadic installation artist. He has adapted his creations to be mobile and easily- transportable, giving him the freedom to pack up and take his art to any remote corner of the globe. Each of his installations is first imagined as a fantasy to touch some alternate sphere of reality and […]

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Satoshi Murakami

1988, Tokyo, Japan. Lives and works in Nagano, Japan

Cleaner Murakami 3

A fragile styrofoam house you can carry on your back… Satoshi Murakami is OpenART’s most pronounced nomad – a true contemporary figure in the art world, always on the move! Murakami’s challenge does not come at the easel, but instead in his encounters with other people. It is there his art emerges and becomes meaningful. […]

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Nicole Banowetz

*1981, Fort Collins, US. Lives and works in Denver, US

Outbreak

Nicole Banowetz is a Denver(USA) based sculptor who makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms. Her artwork addresses vulnerability and struggle. She empowers objects through embellishment, building up protective layers, which with time become destructive. Her forms move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease. Nicole’s work is inspired […]

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Adriana Affortunati

1982, São Paulo, Brazil, Lives and works i São Paulo, Brazil

Ammunition

I often use historical events and elements to influence my research although, to produce, I depend on a spontaneous or intentional encounter with objects that I claim as art material. I select old elements with wear marks that testify the passage of time, registering it`s memory.The objects are grouped, organized and suffer various forms of […]

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Niklas Fännick

*1983, Gothenburg, Sweden. Lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden

Rabbitrabbitrabbit..

The edge in my work is not primarily to shape but to capture. My work consist basically in finding pieces of everyday junk that bears a certain personality or expression. It’s that specific piece I want. I put it in a context with other objects to highlight for my audience what I see. I want […]

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Henrik Jonsson

*1991, Stöde, Sweden. Lives and works in Gustavsberg, Sweden

Marble

My artistic practice revolves around how we decided to write our art history. In my art, I try to question and complicate the image of iconic artworks. In my process I select, rearrange them and force them into a contemporary context. I have a clear vision of my creative process and I devote an extensive […]

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Brandon Vickerd

*1977, Windsor, Canada. Lives and works in Hamilton, Canada.

Live Freight

Purposely diverse, my work straddles the line between high and low culture, acting as a catalyst for critical thought and addressing the failed promise of a modernist future predicated on boundless scientific advancement. Whether through craftsmanship, the creation of spectacle, or humor, my goal is to provoke the viewer into questioning the dominate myth of […]

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Alexander Creutz

*1981, Örebro, Sweden. Lives and works in Örebro, Sweden

Petter

My artistry is founded in the pursuit of what happens when you close the door to the outer world and start to look for the different things you normally can’t see. My paintings should be seen as snapshots from peoples personal lives, moments from the reality we usually hide deep down under our wellpolished surface.In […]

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Elin & Keino

*1977, Pargas, Finland. Lives and works in Korpo, Finland *1979, Kotka, Finland. Lives and works in Kotka, Finland

Artificial Astronomy

Elin&Keino is a co-operation between artists Sandra Nyberg and Heini Nieminen that started in 2009. We are interested in the dynamics between the individual, the community and the environment. Our work is about encounters, collaboration, interpretations and transformation between sites, participants and situations – creating a dialogue between contemporary art and the environment/community. We often […]

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Yukihiro Taguchi

*1980, Osaka, Japan. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Moment + Moment Curitibá

Who has not at one time or another fantasized about the secret lives of everyday objects? Everything seems as usual when you step through the door of your home, but while you were away… This is a common theme in children’s books, perhaps because a child’s mind is fully open. With age, everyday objects become […]

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Serkan Demir

*1975, Kahramanmaras, Turkey. Lives and works in Bolu, Turkey

Quote

Serkan Demir generally seeks to create a cultural map of impressions based on the political realities of the geography he inhabits. This map he relates to Eastern myth and narrative illustrates through ironic language various geographical strategies, intervention mechanisms and social practices. The limits of faith and the transformation thereof in daily life, two of […]

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Greger Ståhlgren

*1966, Hultsfred, Sweden. Lives and works in Alingsås, Sweden

Echo

Greger Ståhlgren works with a range of mediums and techniques including photography, sculpture and site-specific installations with a primary focus on the natural world and cultural history. He bases his practice on direct experience with nature; the forest plays a central part in both photography and three-dimensional works. Much of his sculptural work combines humour […]

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Lina Sundin & Jens Erlandsson

*1976, Fellingsbro, Sweden. Lives and works in Örebro, Sweden. *1988, Borgholm, Sweden. Lives and works in Örebro, Sweden.

Mediaflöjel (Media Vane)

Which way are the media winds blowing at the moment? Are handicrafts, artistic expression, sculptural works or political statements the flavour of the month? With their work entitled Media Weather Vane, Lina Sundin and Jens Erlandsson portray a phenomenon in today’s fast-changing media world. Digital media coverage means that news is flashed across the world […]

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Diao Wei

*1979, Shandong, China. Lives and works in Beijing, China

Fishing

The nude is a common image in Chinese sculpture, photography and art installations. Is it some sort of reset: people washed clean by the political system after decades of turmoil? There is something defenceless about a human body without any tell-tale signs to place the person in a hierarchy. Diao Wei is a clear representative […]

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Leonel Vásquez

1981, Sibaté, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

The Rivers Cradle

Understanding and Interacting with reality requires careful and deep attention to its sounds. As our interpretation is subject to the influence of meanings, interests, and powers, listening is more than anything else a political act.I work in a manner in which, as a listener, I am a witness; sounds and silences are a footprint inseparable […]

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SAM3

Born in Elche, Spain. Lives and work in Madrid, Spain.

Underair

One way for art to escape from the confines of the white gallery walls has been to take it out into public spaces. This is now a global movement. Areas of the urban space that were never conceived to be worth a second glance have been transformed into eye-catching galleries offering an artistic spectacle where […]

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Francesco Bracci

*1976, San José, Costa Rica. Lives and works in San José, Costa Rica

Downward spiral

This prototype composed of beer crates emerges from the water as an element that connects visually and functionally different levels and perspectives. So you can be walking on the sidewalk and immediately be transport into the water. A tunnel have a strong symbolic charge wich is potentiate in this case by the composition of its […]

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Miler Lagos

*1973, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

Rainmaker

Miler Lagos’ sculptural works and interventions invite the viewer to reconsider an object’s material properties. By rendering paper, sculpting foam, and re-purposing materials like rubber and Formica, Lagos produces objects which appear to be made of solid wood or cast bronze. While his works initially seem to be revisiting disputes between the original and its […]

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Hitoshi Ushijima

*1963, Tanushima Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan. Lives and work in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan

Mount Fuji

The artwork is temporarily closed for maintenance. My parents were running a small iron factory in a small town in Kyushu island, Japan. The factory is still running and now I am the one who is taking care of it. Mostly, we are making playground equipment for children to play. In my childhood, I was […]

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Diao Wei

*1979, Shandong, China. Lives and works in Beijing, China

Kuai Fu Zhu Ri (Run after the sun)

The nude is a common image in Chinese sculpture, photography and art installations. Is it some sort of reset: people washed clean by the political system after decades of turmoil? There is something defenceless about a human body without any tell-tale signs to place the person in a hierarchy.Diao Wei is a clear representative for […]

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Greger Ståhlgren

*1966, Hultsfred, Sweden. Lives and works in Alingsås, Sweden

Kapitäl (Ionic capital)

Greger Ståhlgren works with a range of mediums and techniques including photography, sculpture and site-specific installations with a primary focus on the natural world and cultural history. He bases his practice on direct experience with nature; the forest plays a central part in both photography and three-dimensional works. Much of his sculptural work combines humour […]

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Serkan Demir

*1975, Kahramanmaras, Turkey. Lives and works in Bolu, Turkey

Believes Works

Serkan Demir generally seeks to create a cultural map of impressions based on the political realities of the geography he inhabits. This map he relates to Eastern myth and narrative illustrates through ironic language various geographical strategies, intervention mechanisms and social practices. The limits of faith and the transformation thereof in daily life, two of […]

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Marisa Merlin

1953, Costa di Rovigo, Italy. Lives and works in Padua, Italy

Stalagmites

My works aim to be a reinterpretation and a reworking of the ecological and social demands, in reference to the quality of the human footprint on the Earth. Since several years I’m increasingly oriented towards large scale site/context-specific-installations, to build relations with the environment, engaging people in contrasting emotions in different levels: emotional, physical and […]

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Anna Pettersson

*1981, Viby, Sweden. Lives and works in Kumla, Sweden.

I am here now II

For me, art is like a magical portal, A gateway for the imagination to see the world from a different angle. Our eyes wants to search for connection even though there may not be one. Our longing for logic and explanations of things interests me. That fascination makes me want to constantly refine my sensitivity […]

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Rosario Lopez

*1970, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

Unfolding memories

Rosario López Parra (born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1970) combines landscape photography and sculptural installation to explore nature and the eruption of forces within it. López Parra does not map or document landscape but seeks to transform unseen forces of wind and temperature into tangible sensations, using photographs of structures and the installation of these […]

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Nelson Vergara

*1968, Villavicencio, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia and Linz, Austria

Inuk

Nelson Vergara is a media artist with a BA in arts from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a Meisterschüler from the Arts University of Berlin (UDK), and he has postgraduate studies from the University of Arts and Media of Cologne (KMH). Currently he ist PhD candidate at the Kunst Uni Linz. His work focus on […]

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Fredy Alzate

*1975, Rionegro, Colombia. Lives and works in Medellín, Colombia

Arquitectura Vernácula (Domestic architecture)

The deterioration of the objects and the urban landscape is taken as the intersection point in Alzate´s work. This concept is clearly taken from his hometown: Medellin, but through its powerful message now becomes extra-polable to the rest of our Latin American cities. Alzate features objects framed in a two-dimensional and three-dimensional technique, while watching […]

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Henrik Jonsson

*1991, Stöde, Sweden. Lives and works in Gustavsberg, Sweden

Oxe (Ox)

My artistic practice revolves around how we decided to write our art history. In my art, I try to question and complicate the image of iconic artworks. In my process I select, rearrange them and force them into a contemporary context. I have a clear vision of my creative process and I devote an extensive […]

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Juan Luis Mesa

1961, Medellín, Colombia. Lives and works in Medellín, Colombia

Floating the other way

The affirmation: ‘everything is art’, defines art, paradoxically, within immense limits. Thus, the definition delivered by the statement is that of the practices, experiences, and the happening conditions that permit the integration to scenarios beyond the traditional and canonical places. It is not a definition of art’s characteristics. It is in this horizon of practices […]

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Leonel Vásquez

1981, Sibaté, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

The thirsty ones

Understanding and Interacting with reality requires careful and deep attention to its sounds. As our interpretation is subject to the influence of meanings, interests, and powers, listening is more than anything else a political act. I work in a manner in which, as a listener, I am a witness; sounds and silences are a footprint […]

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Kanae Ohgi

*1963, Karatsu City, Japan. Lives and works in Kurume City, Fukuoka, Japan

Mobile / Smile / Tearoom

Mobile / Smile / Tearoom Buddhist teachings say that people are born enlightened. Will the soul gradually become stagnate as it is covered with secular life as it lives? I certainly feel like that. Me and the world. A sense of discomfort. As usual, the problem is not disappearing. Long ago, there was a priest […]

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Rodrigo Facundo

*1958, Ibague, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

Árbol de lágrimas

“Tree of Tears”-projektet bygger på begreppet “dialektisk bild” av Walter Benjamin. Med utgångspunkt från hans metodiska förslag syftar verket till att presentera, här och nu, historien om exploateringen av gummi i Amazonas och afrikanska ekvatorn skogar. Genom en “konstellation av bilder” syftar verket till att för betraktaren visualisera den dialektiska spänningen mellan de materiella spår […]

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Fredy Alzate

*1975, Rionegro, Colombia. Lives and works in Medellín, Colombia

Tetris

”Jag är intresserad av att synliggöra folkliga byggprocesser förslag som innebär ett erkännande av arkitektur, landskap och inställning en social plats, att varna imaginära och fastställa berättelser som anspelar på den hotade arten, skenande bebyggelse och påstår oförutsedda definierar ämnet erfarenhet i staden. Vernacular Architecture, Animation (2010) presenterar vernakulära strukturer som dagligen utmanar institutionaliserade byggprocesser, […]

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Teppei Kaneuji

*1978, Kyoto, Japan. Lives and works in Kyoto, Japan

Games, dance, and the constitution / Soft toys

With collage techniques making use of wide-ranging expressive media and various ready-made goods, KANEUJI Teppei transforms and overturns conventional values and established information and images of contemporary society. For Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2017, Kaneuji interprets the festival theme “Multiple Future” in his own way and undertakes his first large-scale outdoor […]

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Chiaharu Shiota

*1972, Osaka, Japan. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Diary

It is not only the Internet that links us humans together. Globalization builds structures of dependency between people, countries, continents and companies. A web that clearly connects us together; sometimes forcefully, at other times more sublime and crisp, as in relationships between people. It is just these strands that bind us closely to one another […]

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Oscar Muñoz

*1951, Popayán, Colombia. Lives and works in Cali, Colombia

Sedimentaciones / El coleccionista / Editor solitario / Narciso / Linea del destino

How can one construct a notion of time in this immemorial setting? How can one assimilate and articulate in one’s memory all these events that have been happening for so many years now? Born in Popayán, Colombia, Oscar Muñoz studied art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Cali in the 1970s. As an art […]

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Mercedes Angola

*1962, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

The Angola: object and connection project

The Angola: Objects and Connections Project is focused on the configuration of an archive of images (photos, videos, audios and texts) related to the cultural and documentary history of Angola as a region whose name is my last name. By pursuing these roots, I uncover how the personal leads to larger historical and cultural connections […]

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Niklas Fännick

*1983, Gothenburg, Sweden. Lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden

Natural Geotraffic

The edge in my work is not primarily to shape but to capture. My work consist basically in finding pieces of everyday junk that bears a certain personality or expression. It’s that specific piece I want. I put it in a context with other objects to highlight for my audience what I see. I want […]

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Mauricio Bejarano

*1955, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

Ráfagas (Burst)

Mauricio Bejarano works fundamentally with sound as a material. Around this experimental focus there are diverse artistic practices such as the sound field record and the digital synthesis of sound, the work with phonographic files, the creation of sound landscapes, sound installations, compositions of concrete and acousmatique music and diverse approaches around objects and sculpture.Work […]

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Tadashi Kawamata

1953, Hokkaido, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan and Paris, France

Share Chair Arena

Less is more, but sometimes more is …more. Mass effect and size have long been OpenART’s way of capturing the attention of visitors. This year’s edition is no exception. Tadashi Kawamata’s enormous mountain of chairs is of course just that, but also an exciting and, to put it mildly, eye-catching sculpture. The chair is an […]

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Juan Luis Mesa

1961, Medellín, Colombia. Lives and works in Medellín, Colombia

Dead or alive

The affirmation: ‘everything is art’, defines art, paradoxically, within immense limits. Thus, the definition delivered by the statement is that of the practices, experiences, and the happening conditions that permit the integration to scenarios beyond the traditional and canonical places. It is not a definition of art’s characteristics. It is in this horizon of practices […]

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Brandon Vickerd

*1977, Windsor, Canada. Lives and works in Hamilton, Canada.

Sputnik

Purposely diverse, my work straddles the line between high and low culture, acting as a catalyst for critical thought and addressing the failed promise of a modernist future predicated on boundless scientific advancement. Whether through craftsmanship, the creation of spectacle, or humor, my goal is to provoke the viewer into questioning the dominate myth of […]

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David Mesguich

*1979, Lyon, France. Lives and works in Marseille, France

Sorry not sorry

In every town, there are passageways where conventional design wisdom has never set foot. Enclaves of aesthetic voids such as car parks, the rear of an industrial building or the areas separating one social group from another. The French artist David Mesquich has taken up the challenge of giving these spots new life through art. […]

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Kristin Capp

1964, Seattle, US. Lives and works in Windhoek, Namibia

The Bondelswart I

My photographic work is an extension of my immediate life environment and personaljourney. While based in the western United States in the 90’s, my work mirrored apersonal investigation into the Hutterite community in eastern Washington State andculminated in the book, Hutterite: A World of Grace (Zurich, 1998). While living in NewYork for 16 years, I […]

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Anna Ström

1976, Luleå, Sweden. Lives and works in Örebro, Sweden.

Timelapse

The will to tell something is essential to me. To create is to communicate, regardless of expression and regardless of technology. In my work with art I explore myself, the world around me as well as the technolo¬gy I´m working with. I mainly work with painting and my themes tend to move between everyday life […]

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Yukihiro Taguchi

*1980, Osaka, Japan. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Patch over

Who has not at one time or another fantasized about the secret lives of everyday objects? Everything seems as usual when you step through the door of your home, but while you were away… This is a common theme in children’s books, perhaps because a child’s mind is fully open. With age, everyday objects become […]

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Carlos Castro

*1974, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in San Diego/Tijuana, US and Bogotá, Colombia

The Black Box (2017)

Colombian artist Carlos Castro is a chronicler of his time. In his pieces, he recontextualize formally and symbolically found objects and images of his environment, some of them highly charged socially and politically, to create new narratives that bring to light the ones that have been socially suppressed over time or ignored in history. Castro […]

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Miler Lagos

*1973, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

The treering dating

Miler Lagos’ sculptural works and interventions invite the viewer to reconsider an object’s material properties. By rendering paper, sculpting foam, and re-purposing materials like rubber and Formica, Lagos produces objects which appear to be made of solid wood or cast bronze. While his works initially seem to be revisiting disputes between the original and its […]

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Aiko Miyanaga

Story delivered to the sea / Story delivered by the sea

Hur ser ett minne ut? Vi säger att det bleknar. Skarpt i konturerna i början för att sedan långsamt förändras. Kanske smälter det samman med andra minnen. Aiko Miyanagas konst fungerar som en visualisering av det mänskliga minnet. Om några verk kan kallas sublima är det hennes. Gjorda i naftalen är de konst som bokstavligen […]

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Teppei Kaneuji

*1978, Kyoto, Japan. Lives and works in Kyoto, Japan

White Discharge

With collage techniques making use of wide-ranging expressive media and various ready-made goods, KANEUJI Teppei transforms and overturns conventional values and established information and images of contemporary society. For Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2017, Kaneuji interprets the festival theme “Multiple Future” in his own way and undertakes his first large-scale outdoor […]

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Toxicomano Callejero

*1979, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia. *1988, Zipaquira, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.

Mestizaje is not dead II

Toxicómano Callejero is a collective currently formed by two urban artists, who since 2001 have been working with graffiti, street art, stencil and muralism. Their style is characterized by the use of high contrast images, portrait photos, old fashioned illustrations that mix with some critical, ironic or propositional messages. Their street artworks attract a lot […]

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Yusuke Asai

*1981, Tokyo, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

For the next breath

Imagine a doodle, but drawn with mud. Yusuke Asai is the painting ceramic artist. Trained as a ceramic artist, he works as a painter and often uses mud to paint his images. Mud is a multifaceted material with varying densities, textures and all the colours of the earth. It is made from eroded rocks with […]

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Satoshi Murakami

1988, Tokyo, Japan. Lives and works in Nagano, Japan

Migratory life document

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the question “Is it OK to continue daily life as it is?” has been left somewhere in my mind. We Japanese have caused the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.  In this settled society, we humans are related very complicatedly, so there are not such plain […]

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Pekka&Teija Issorättyä

*1980, Tornio, Finland. Lives and works in New York, US *1980, Tornio, Finland. Lives and works in New York, US

Invalid robots

The Isorättyäs (both born 1980, Finland) work together in a shared process of creating. They work with various media, but perhaps most notably with kinetic sculptures and electromechanical sculptures. The Isorättyäs sculptures reflect the problematic and close relationship between man and machine and between nature and machine. How do we convey our human values and […]

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Yukihiro Taguchi

*1980, Osaka, Japan. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

A small island

Vem har inte någon gång fantiserat om vardagstingens hemliga liv? Allt ser ut som vanligt när du kliver in genom dörren därhemma, men medan du varit borta… I många barnböcker händer det, kanske för att barnasinnet är fullt öppet. Med åldern blir vardagstingen ”alltmer orörliga” för oss. Yukihiro Taguchi får de alldagligaste föremål och hemmiljöer […]

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David Mesguich

*1979, Lyon, France. Lives and works in Marseille, France

Collect Call 1.0

In every town, there are passageways where conventional design wisdom has never set foot. Enclaves of aesthetic voids such as car parks, the rear of an industrial building or the areas separating one social group from another. The French artist David Mesquich has taken up the challenge of giving these spots new life through art. […]

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Anna Pettersson

*1981, Viby, Sweden. Lives and works in Kumla, Sweden.

I am here now I

For me, art is like a magical portal, A gateway for the imagination to see the world from a different angle. Our eyes wants to search for connection even though there may not be one. Ourlonging for logic and explanations of things interests me. That fascination makes me want to constantly refine my sensitivity to […]

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Yukihiro Taguchi

*1980, Osaka, Japan. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Rush Channels

Inkarnation, 2015 Funke, 2014 MAGU, 2012 Playball, 2011 Lauf, 2010 Cave, 2010 Moment-performative Curitiba, 2009 09.Nov.2009 Berlin, 2009 Ordnung, 2008   © Sofie Isaksson / OpenART  

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Carlos Castro

*1974, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in San Diego/Tijuana, US and Bogotá, Colombia

Wall / Happiness / Who does not suffer does not live

Colombian artist Carlos Castro is a chronicler of his time. In his pieces, he recontextualize formally and symbolically found objects and images of his environment, some of them highly charged socially and politically, to create new narratives that bring to light the ones that have been socially suppressed over time or ignored in history. Castro […]

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Adriana Affortunati

1982, São Paulo, Brazil, Lives and works i São Paulo, Brazil

Encyclopedia

I often use historical events and elements to influence my research although, to produce, I depend on a spontaneous or intentional encounter with objects that I claim as art material. I select old elements with wear marks that testify the passage of time, registering it`s memory. The objects are grouped, organized and suffer various forms […]

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Nelson Vergara

*1968, Villavicencio, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia and Linz, Austria

Marta

“Marta” (5 canals video installation) Marta had to leave San Jose del Guaviare at the age of 9, when she and her family set out for Bogotá (, the capital city of the Colombia). Nowadays, Marta lives with her children in the Páramo de Sumapaz at 3.400 m a.s.l., a natural reserve located at the […]

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Xenia Popaja

*1985, Banja Luka, Bosnia. Lives and works in Örebro, Sweden

Videoroom Xenia

Freedom is something I’ve always searched for. Throughout my life. In everything I have done. In a society that is trying, in my opinion, to keep us as locked and trapped as possible it is magical to be able to travel to a world that is completely free from all rules and musts – The […]

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Timo Konttinen

*1979, Anjalankoski, Finland. Lives and works in Pietarsaari, Finland

365

I have always intended my art to convey a message, for it to speak to both experts on art and the everyman who accidentally walks into an exhibition. The problems ordinary people face, injustice, inequality in our world, life and death are main themes which provide a springboard into different projects. Usually I paint or […]

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Anna Ström

1976, Luleå, Sweden. Lives and works in Örebro, Sweden.

In between

The will to tell something is essential to me. To create is to communicate, regardless of expression and regardless of technology. In my work with art I explore myself, the world around me as well as the technology I´m working with. I mainly work with painting and my themes tend to move between everyday life […]

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Tania Ruiz Gutiérrez

*1973, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Paris, France

Örebro Variation I

“Örebro variations” Örebro’s invitation suggested the need to strengthen the links between different parts of the city. Given that the temporality of public space is one of my main subjects of investigation, instead of proposing a sculpture or a bridge, I decided to invest the walking times between the Central Station and Järntorget square. This […]

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Nandita Mukand

*1975, Lucknow, India. Lives and works in Singapore, Singapore

Blossom, Flourish, Wither, Perish / The Unborn

When faced with the complexities of urban life, I turn to Nature and meditation to renew my understanding of what it means to live fully. Spending time alone in natural surroundings, experiencing and reflecting upon growth and decay in Nature has led me to ponder deeply the cycles of life and death, the interconnection of […]

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Carlos Castro

*1974, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in San Diego/Tijuana, US and Bogotá, Colombia

Mother

Colombian artist Carlos Castro is a chronicler of his time. In his pieces, he recontextualize formally and symbolically found objects and images of his environment, some of them highly charged socially and politically, to create new narratives that bring to light the ones that have been socially suppressed over time or ignored in history. Castro […]

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Ea ten Kate

*1981, Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden

Wheel of awkward / Templar phases XVI

“Comfort for the Public Space” I work within the contexts of contemporary textile arts, printmaking and the rich and varied ritual vocabulary found in indiginous cultures and religious imagery. The question that permeates my practice is: What gives us comfort? How do we use the things we see, read and touch to find peace in […]

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Kristin Capp

1964, Seattle, US. Lives and works in Windhoek, Namibia

The Bondelswart II

My photographic work is an extension of my immediate life environment and personal journey. While based in the western United States in the 90’s, my work mirrored a personal investigation into the Hutterite community in eastern Washington State and culminated in the book, Hutterite: A World of Grace (Zurich, 1998). While living in New York […]

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Anna Pettersson

*1981, Viby, Sweden. Lives and works in Kumla, Sweden.

Utsikten som jag minns den (The view as I remember it)

For me, art is like a magical portal, A gateway for the imagination to see the world from a different angle. Our eyes wants to search for connection even though there may not be one. Our longing for logic and explanations of things interests me. That fascination makes me want to constantly refine my sensitivity […]

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Moran Kliger

*1981, Tel Aviv, Israel. Lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel

No mans land

My body of work is based mostly on figurative and narrative drawings, and consists of series created in different techniques, including engraving on painted paper, pyrography on plywood, ink on paper, silkscreen and more. The works engage with the tension between the domesticated element and the wild and dark element within the human psyche. Through […]

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Leidy Chavez & Fernando Pareja

*1989, Popayán, Colombia. Lives and works in Popayán, Colombia. *1979, Popayán, Colombia. Lives and works in Popayán, Colombia.

Opresores oprimidos (Opressive, opressed)

The installations created by Fernando Pareja and Leidy Chavez are not merely astounding moving images, they are also images that are indeed moving. Small wax figures on rotating disks, stroboscopic lighting, and a haunting soundtrack are the components of their animation machines, which serve to breathe life into the motionless figures, allowing them to tell […]

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Serkan Demir

*1975, Kahramanmaras, Turkey. Lives and works in Bolu, Turkey

Rosary / Hexagon Penthagon

The artist generally seeks to create a cultural map of impressions based on the political realities of the geography he inhabits. This map he relates to Eastern myth and narrative illustrates through ironic language various geographical strategies, intervention mechanisms and social practices. The limits of faith and the transformation thereof in daily life, two of […]

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Mikkel Johnsen

*1982, Copenhagen, Denmark. Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark

Anonymous objects

In our present post-industrial age, unused and abandoned man-made constructions are again captured by nature, while nature elsewhere is displaced by the human desire to conquer new territory. I have always been intrigued by the human impact in the landscape.The conflation of the artificial and the natural – the constructed and the already existing.The architecture […]

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Songnyeo Lyoo

*1983, Busan, Korea. Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

Paradise / The drawingbook series

“Although it does not exist, we believe it exists, Although you can not reach it, it is something we dream about, Although it vanishes identically, we hope that it remains forever” We can never reach utopia. This is already implied in the name meaning: ‘no place’. We can only endlessly approach utopia. A space that […]

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Raul Cristancho

*1954, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

Palimpsest for peace

As a visual artist with a large experience on painting I approach photography informed with the pictorial language registered in art history. With this in mind, Through the act of photographing I want to keep my identity as a painter. In fact, my main concern is to explore the limits of representation between painting and […]

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Kiyomi & Tetsuhiro Uozumi

*1981, Wakayama, Japan. Lives and works in Aichi, Japan. *1980, Aichi, Japan. Lives and works in Aichi, Japan

Chasing a little past

Kiyomi and Tetsuhiro Uozumi began collaborating in 2004 and have lived in Berlin since 2007. They collect field recordings and a plethora of objects, primarily daily commodities, and arrange them throughout the gallery, with lighting designed in sync with sound. They have produced a work on the theme of “collecting and recreating the subtle everyday […]

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Anya Blom

*1990, Hallstahammar, Sweden. Lives and works in Lindesberg, Sweden.

You’re looking at me and all the costumes I wear II

Above the signs, in the flower pot and hanging in the drainpipe. The characters that consists of a mix between humans and animals are almost everywhere, you just need to look closer. Humor and clear body languages is what catches my attention.

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Anya Blom

*1990, Hallstahammar, Sweden. Lives and works in Lindesberg, Sweden.

You´re looking at me and all the costumes I wear VI

Above the signs, in the flower pot and hanging in the drainpipe. The characters that consists of a mix between humans and animals are almost everywhere, you just need to look closer. Humor and clear body languages is what catches my attention.  

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Anya Blom

*1990, Hallstahammar, Sweden. Lives and works in Lindesberg, Sweden.

You’re looking at me and all the costumes I wear III

Above the signs, in the flower pot and hanging in the drainpipe. The characters that consists of a mix between humans and animals are almost everywhere, you just need to look closer. Humor and clear body languages is what catches my attention.

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Anya Blom

*1990, Hallstahammar, Sweden. Lives and works in Lindesberg, Sweden.

You’re looking at me and all the costumes I wear IV

Above the signs, in the flower pot and hanging in the drainpipe. The characters that consists of a mix between humans and animals are almost everywhere, you just need to look closer. Humor and clear body languages is what catches my attention.

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Anya Blom

*1990, Hallstahammar, Sweden. Lives and works in Lindesberg, Sweden.

You’re looking at me and all the costumes I wear V

Above the signs, in the flower pot and hanging in the drainpipe. The characters that consists of a mix between humans and animals are almost everywhere, you just need to look closer. Humor and clear body languages is what catches my attention.

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Anya Blom

*1990, Hallstahammar, Sweden. Lives and works in Lindesberg, Sweden.

You’re looking at me and all the costumes I wear I

Above the signs, in the flower pot and hanging in the drainpipe. The characters that consists of a mix between humans and animals are almost everywhere, you just need to look closer. Humor and clear body languages is what catches my attention.

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Anya Blom

*1990, Hallstahammar, Sweden. Lives and works in Lindesberg, Sweden.

You’re looking at me and all the costumes I wear VII

Above the signs, in the flower pot and hanging in the drainpipe. The characters that consists of a mix between humans and animals are almost everywhere, you just need to look closer. Humor and clear body languages is what catches my attention.