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Bielefelder Kunstverein announces Luise Schroder: Figures of Remembrance

Bielefelder Kunstverein presents Luise Schroder: Figures of Remembrance an exhibition on view February 8–April 27, 2014.

In her photographic works, videos, publications and art mediation projects, Luise Schröder confronts the ways in which the past is instrumentalised for present-day politics as well as the extrapolation of historical myths and their meaning for identities and communities. Central to her concerns is the question as to how far official commemoration is influenced by political, social and medial developments. Here, the artist is particularly interested in national cultures of remembrance, but also in global forms of commemoration, their ritual character and iconography. She investigates both their presence in space, as memorials, and the way the media stage and communicate them. In this vein, the artist has dealt in her works with, among other things, the myth of Dresden, the world’s biggest statue of Jesus in Świebodzin (Poland), as well as the memorial The Victory of the Red Army over Fascism by Vincenc Makovský in Brno (Czech Republic). For Schröder, the past is not a closed book but it remains open and directly connected to the present. Through her own images, the artist sets up against political myths and their reproduction a critical stance on history and the culture of remembrance.

The exhibition Figures of Remembrance at Bielefelder Kunstverein is the artist’s first solo exhibition in a public art institution. Luise Schröder presents her latest multimedia installation, Die historische Front (2013), alongside two topical groups of her work from recent years.

Luise Schröder, born in Potsdam in 1982, lives and works in Leipzig. Until 2013, she was studying photography and media art at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts. In recent years, Schröder has taken part in numerous group exhibitions, among others in the Brno House of Arts (CZ), the Gera Kunstverein (both 2013) and the Gallery EIGEN+ART (Berlin/Leipzig), the Leipzig Kunstverein and the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (all 2012). Alongside numerous other distinctions, the artist won the C/O Talents Award in 2012 and most recently the City of Zwickau’s Max-Pechstein-Förderpreis.

Curator: Anna Jehle

Bielefelder Kunstverein
im Waldhof
Welle 61
D-33602 Bielefeld