The pictorial source of the exhibited “Landscapes” series are photographs of urban districts taken by Elias Wessel during an artist residency in Kursk, Russia. There, the city administration demands rapid urbanization; old houses are demolished and citizens are forcibly displaced. The concern lies in the image making process. The nature of photography, to depict a virtual image of reality, is being destroyed. Houses and people vanish. By analogy this process and resulting images reflect the city’s intention and consequences of modernization.
Elias Wessel was born in Bonn, studied at the University of Art and Design in Offenbach am Main in cooperation with the Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt. He is based in New York and Germany and has had works exhibited at museums and institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art – MOCA Taipei; Museum Heylshof and Museum Andreasstift Worms; the Goethe-Institutes in Prague and Frankfurt am Main; Heinrich Hoffman Museum Frankfurt am Main; the NRW Forum Duesseldorf; the historic 1014 Fifth Avenue; and the German Consulate General in New York.
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Location and time:
Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003
Exhibition Opening: Friday, April 6, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Exhibition: April 6 - May 26, 2018. Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm,
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Admission is free.