At viennacontemporary 2019 Galerie Gisela Clement presents artists Keti Kapanadze and Alex Grein.
The multifaceted work by artist Keti Kapanadze ranges from conceptual drawings and sculptures to photography, video and largescale installations. Thereby she constantly explores her identity and role as a woman and artist within our society. In her work Keti Kapanadze includes a variety of signs and language to find a direct, simple but impactful approach on feminist topics. Not only feminist statements, but also her own cultural background of growing up in communist Georgia can be found within her work.
Keti Kapanadze (born 1962 in Tbilisi, Georgia, lives and works in Bonn) first attended Art College in Tbilisi to study graphics and painting at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts from 1984 to 1990. In the 1990s she was the first Georgian artist to work with feminist themes. In 2000, the conceptual artist emigrated to Germany in search of a fertile cultural environment. More recently, her work has received new attention through her participation in various exhibitions and fairs. Most recently, her works were shown in spring 2018 in a solo exhibition at the Georgian National Museum and the Tbilisi Silk Museum. Since 2008 works by the artist are part of the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA).
Alex Grein (born 1983 in Cologne, lives and works in Dusseldorf, Germany) studied as a master student with Andreas Gursky at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, thus representing the Becher Tradition in some way. She uses photography as a medium to negotiate between truth and reality. In doing so, the artist deals with the question of the extent to which the photographically produced image can function as proof of reality. In her work she approaches this question in many different ways, despite of her young career. In her latest series „Pictures on a Screen“ she destabilizes common patterns of perception to reveal the artificial representativeness of the countless digital images on the Internet. By intervening in the proportions or creating alternative placements, Grein often manipulates (without composing anything on a computer) the natural appearance of an object, leaving the viewer guessing. Alex Grein was involved in the exhibition State of the Art Photography at the NRW Forum and is a prize-winner of the MKK Scholarship for Photography (2016). Most recently, her works have been shown in solo exhibitions at Museum Zamkowe in Poland and at Galerie Gisela Clement.