16:00 – 19:00
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AArtist Studio on the roof of the Federal Foreign Office,
entrance Kurstraße 36, 10117 Berlin.
AArtist in Residence – ein Programm des Auswärtigen Amts in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Landesverband Berliner Galerien (lvbg)
As the first artist of the second cohort of the Artist in Residence Programme 2017 in cooperation with the Galleries Association of Berlin (lvbg) the photographer Henrik Strömberg (Grundemark Nilsson Gallery) has taken up his work in the AArtist Studio on the roof of the FFO. He will concentrate there on his ongoing work “Object Amnesic” – The Compost”
For this project I work with the idea of a second life, decay and the transformation of materials – sculptural objects and the photographic documentation of it. This hermetic process is contrasted by photographic studies of nature.
For the sculpture pieces, I use parts of deconstructed second hand collections of trophies. These deconstructed parts are then stacked vertically and transformed through the use of pigment and clay, and interlaced with different scrap and natural pieces. These seemingly fragile objects are shown in a state of flux, allowing for the possibility of reconstructing and photographing them again and again. I fixate each assembled object through the photographic process.
Based on classical sculpture practice, where every cast requires a mold, I present the negatives of the photographs, evoking similarities between sculptural and photographic processes. In the nature studies series I depict both cultivated plants as well as plants and greenery in their natural habitat.
The studio on the roof of the Federal Foreign Office in the centre of Berlin is a wonderful and symbolic place of inspiration for fascinating encounters and a new artistic exchange. The European connections of the Federal Foreign Office as well as the attractive location of the beautiful studio are beneficial to my research into the work “Object Amnesic – The Compost”.
AArtist Henrik Strömberg
Born 1970 in Sweden; lives and works in Berlin.
1997 BA in Fine Arts from Camberwell College of Art, London
1999 Master’s in photography at the FAMU, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague
2016 Research scholarship, Senatskanzlei Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin, Deutschland 2010 Sitterwerk Foundation, St. Gallen, Switzerland (residence)
2007 Konstnärsnämnden, “Source”, Malmö, Sweden (project grant)
2007 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (residence)
2006 Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus, Schloss Plüschow, Germany (residence)
FFO Artist in Residence Programme 2017
Art and culture can no longer be viewed in purely national terms in today’s globalised world as the artificial division between domestic and international has disappeared in the sphere of art. Germany has become a country of immigration, open to the world and increasingly cutting edge.
That is why, with the Federal Foreign Office as lead ministry, cultural relations and education policy seeks to connect cultures through joint cross-border productions of knowledge, education and art, fostering networking among cultures, as well as dialogue, empathy and understanding.
At the same time, with its hundreds of galleries, the Gallery Weekend and the Berlin Art Week, Berlin now numbers among the world’s most happening art and cultural cities and is helping to enhance Germany’s image abroad.
In order to combine cultural coproduction with Berlin’s reputation as an international art location, the Federal Foreign Office has, as the first federal ministry to do so, set up an in-house residence programme for artists with an international focus together with the Galleries Association of Berlin (lvgb).
The expert jury consisting of Christiane Meixner (art critic/journalist at the “Der Tagesspiegel” newspaper), Dr. Marc Wellmann (Artistic Director at the Haus am Lützowplatz) and Andreas Herrmann (gallery owner/Assisting Chairman of the Board, lvgb) has selected for 2017 the artists Said Baalbaki, C&K Gallery; Beatrice Minda, Podbielski Contemporary and Henrik Strömberg, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery.
The artists are entitled to use the rooftop studio for their work for a three-month period, after which they are given the opportunity to exhibit their works at a closing exhibition at the Federal Foreign Office studio, as well as at their respective galleries. Moreover, the artists are offered a grant for the duration of their residency. At the end of the programme, a bilingual catalogue (in German and English) is published that documents the residencies and the works created over this period.
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