Matthias Bitzer, ‘If I had words / I would speak / in a forest I became sound’, 2017, Kadel Willborn

If I had words
I would speak
in a forest I became sound

The photograph shows a staged self-portrait of Matthias Bitzer in his studio amongst his „friends“, his artworks. For each edition of the photograph Matthias Bitzer sends you a handwritten postcard with the poem he has composed. Although each edition shows the same motif, it is different as the handwritten postcards always change.

About Matthias Bitzer

Matthias Bitzer works across media—including sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, and sound—to produce elegant, enigmatic works that explore how history, identity, and even reality itself are constructed. His works often center upon early 20th-century historical figures with storied lives, such as Berthold Brecht, Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Emily Dickinson. “I used these emblematic figures as a starting point, as faces, actors in a space where the boundaries between fiction and reality are dissolved,” he explains. In his paintings, Bitzer has intercut their portraits with geometric patterns and, in his sculptures, referenced parts of their biographies and works. Taken together, as they are meant to be, his pieces form a partially imagined biography, in which the boundaries between fact and fiction, past and present, and abstraction and representation blur.

German, b. 1975, Stuttgart, Germany, based in Berlin, Germany