born in Tokyo, NYC and Paris · 1984 ·

2010 ·
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig – Abendakademie ·
Kathrin Landa – portrait oil painting class · Nabil El Makhloufi – free drawing class
2012 ·

2011 ·
Leipzig · lectures by Johannes Keller in constructivism and concrete painting
2013 ·

2012 ·
commissional work and workshops in mural painting for institutions, companies, and private people
2018 ·

2015 ·
Ost-Passage Theater Leipzig · managing committee, stage setting and bartender
2020 ·

2017 ·
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig
Grundstudium · Prof. Peggy Buth, Prof. Christin Lahr, Stefan Riebel
2020 ·
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig
Klasse Intermedia · Prof. Alba D'Urbano
ARTIST'S PROOF · Prof. Oliver Kossack
since 2021 ·
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig
class for performative arts · Prof. Isabel Lewis

since 2020 ·
Kombinat Leipzig · founding member, managing comittee

Exhibitions and Projects

· Jun 2023
KV — Verein für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig · Bestandsaufnahme – Plastikpark 1987 2023 2046 · performance

· May - Jun 2023
Kundenzentrum der Sparkasse am Europaplatz, Karslruhe · Kunstpreis der Sparkasse Karlsruhe · exhibition

· Apr 2023
Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig · Wafting Glimpse · performance

· Mar 2023
Gmünder Kunstverein, Schwäbisch Gmünd · The State of the World · exhibition

· Feb 2023
HGB Atrium, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · Woodcut XXL · exhibition

· Jan 2023
HGB Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · Radical Receptionist · intervention & exhibition
(Original announcement text of the exhibition)
Radical Receptionist‽ stands for a specific spatial-performative intervention connecting the atrium and gallery of the HGB with a score of rehearsal-like events, teaching formats and events. Equipped with numerous tools that create a space for action, the radical receptionist combines the function of host with the mode of reception in a way expressed in the interrobang, the non-standard question-exclamation mark: "You, here‽".

The question-exclamation indifference alluded to in the title, which can be depicted as an active-passive one between service-oriented acting (by a person) and the sensual ability to accept (through understanding), forms the starting point for trying out new ways of relationships: The radical receptionist is inviting and mediating, not exhibiting but producing. Communicating, receiving and at the same time representing the sum of all the actants establishing the space - water dispenser, wall paint, lighting, plug and play station, communication media, mobile walls, etc. - that stimulate a special form of encounter and social togetherness. Such encounters take place between usually separate forms and formats of teaching and learning, with guests like Ana María Millán, Mindy Seu, Lerato Shadi, between existing, separate (collective) initiatives, institutions and bodies. Along its open, expandable score, the radical receptionist invites us to intensify non-sovereign relations vis-à-vis supposedly established belongings.

· Dec 2022
Plast Space, Leipzig · Lublax · performance

Curated by:
Estelle Quarino

participating artists:
Estelle Quarino / Julia de Martino / Felix Almes

(original announcement text)

Equa & Juniper - Will propose two Ambient noise live performance. Through an exploration of the ritual, pagan process, this live set interweaves the human voice with organic and electronic sounds, vibrating in infinite glitching feedback and ethereal distortion.

Mixing body movement, performance, and latex the outcome emerges as an ever-growing journey in the sacred exploration of noise.

Sound artists performers: Estelle Quarino & Julia De Martino


Equa & fffff - Experimental noise performance.

The Duo invites you to join them to a diversified travels throught light, dark and colorful lunar landscape. A intuitive live generated sound composition with atmospheric soundscapes and audio journeys.

· Dec 2022
Slug Gallery, Leipzig · slug Closing Party · performance

participating artists:
Estelle Quarino / Felix Almes

· Oct 2022
HGB Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · Any | One Day the Future Has Died. Impossible Possibilities of Artificial Intelligence · exhibition, symposium, performance

· Jul 2022
HGB performative art class room, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · Between Thing and Transition · exhibition

(original announcement text)

The Class for Performative Arts invites you to pass by between the the hours of 14:00-19:00 Uhr for a string of interlaced performances, readings, live compositions, and dialogues. Come enjoy our homemade blue tea and our fine local water.

· Aug 2021
Galerie Stephanie Kelly, Dresden · SHORT DATED · exhibition

SHORT DATED – Pup-up-Store for artist books and magazines

Curated by:
Lucie Klysch · Isabella Engelhardt · Maria Junker

Display by:
Lucie Klysch · Henriette Jäger

participating artists and actors:
Samuel Arnaud / Patricia Couvet · Rebekka Bauer · Marja Behrmann · Samuel Bich · Jeroen Cavents · Tim Cierpiszewski · Robert Czolkoß · Max Eicke · Johannes Ernst · Lars Fischer · Gesa Foken (Hg.), Julia Ahlert & Felix Almes, Natalia Bougai, Nicole Burnett, Fedele Friede, Isabell Hoffmann, Susanne Kontny, Ofra Ohana, Nele Hendrikje Sandner, Johannes Unger · Alba Frenzel · Lucie Freynhagen / Willy Schulz · Leon Friederichs · Florian Glaubitz · Miriam Hamann · Susanne Hampe · Tobias Heine · Dominique Hille · Lea Hoffarth · Daniela Junghans · Maria Junker / Lucie Klysch / Marlene Milla Woschni · Alexandra Keiner / Chiara Padovan / Thomas Sing · Kleine Humboldtgalerie · Hajin Jeong · Prem Krishnamurthy · Tom Schellmann / Pauline Mallack / Roxanne Töpper / Julia Scholz / Auguste Kuneviciute, Auguste / Antonia Krull / Justus Splitt / Greta Wilhelm / Laura Falcone / Dea Bejleri (Studierende des Studiengangs Bühnen- und Kostümbild an der HfBK Dresden · Marja Marlene Lechner · Jonas Lewek · Johannes Listewnik · Jana Lila Lippitz · Lilli Loge · Johannes Makolies · Michael Merkel · Wiebke Mertens / Anne ModerSophie Meuresch · Now You See Me Moria collective for the publication · Lukas Picard / Luca Adams / Anna Bolender / Sarah Degenhardt / Judith Wolff · PORTLAND Magazine · Laura Rohrbeck · Raiko Sánchez · Nele Hendrikje · SanderJohanna · SchwabDIE EPILOG – ZEITSCHRIFT ZUR GEGENWARTSKULTUR · Ana Streng · Catharina Szonn · Bianca Tschaiker · R. Tschollchik / H. Schwartz · Theresa Tuffner · Olga Vostretsova (Бükü) / Yvonne Anders (Kunstraum Praline) · Paul Waak · Dorothee Waldenmaier · RAC (Regional Art Consulting) / Svea Wichmann, Lucie Freynhagen · Denise Winter · Meta Witte · Marlene Milla Woschni · Tillmann Ziola · ZONA D · Zonta Club


(Original announcement text of Galerie Stephanie Kelly)

The concept of the Pop-up-Store transforms the gallery into a curated book space; a hybrid that is both exhibition and sales space. This transfunctional character weaves itself like a thread through to the exhibits: The book as an artistic medium functions on one hand as a means of artistic expression and on the other hand as a mediator of knowledge. To be observed as a work of art in its own right, the artist’s book becomes the object of a concept transcending the boundaries of the book. Under the premise of temporality and the deliberate detachment from clear structures, Dresden is receiving a contact point that has hitherto remained virtually unconsidered – artistic publishing.

· Aug 2021
Institut für Zukunft, Leipzig · Büchergarten · book fair

· Jul - Aug 2021
Federal Administrative Court, Public space & Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · Archivio Performante · performance + exhibition

A collective intervention, presents a mobile exhibition in the form of a performative image parade with individual and group performances at various stations in the centre of Leipzig.

Organized and curated by Prof. Alba D'Urbano · Prof. Tina Bara · Bettina Hutschek

participating artists:

Felix Almes · Tina Bara · Lennard Bernd Becker · Bernhard Bormann · Natalia Bougai · Melina Braß · Yvon Chabrowski · Niklas Dietzel · Alba D’Urbano · Eli Eichler/ Bob Jones · Clara Freund · Luise Grüner · Bettina Hutschek · Fumi Kato · Leif/ april420/ Prof. Doctor Toadboi von Unkenschrei zu Grottenolm · Mahshid Mahboubifar · Merlin Meister · Vanessa Opoku · caro otto · Anna Perepechai · Jana Ritchie · Julius-Christian Schreiner · Katharina Schreiter · Annika Stoll · Neam Tarek · VIP · Franziska Vallentin · Louise Walleneit


(Original announcement text of the exhibition)

Tina Bara and Alba D'Urbano realised a number of interdisciplinary and cross-university projects in the course of their joint artistic teaching, including "Viaggio in Italia" and "Eine Frage (nach) der Geste". With the summer semester 2021, Alba D'Urbano will say goodbye to the HGB, and as a gesture of farewell for the future, the two professors have invited the artist Bettina Hutschek to develop a new project with students from the archive of their joint teaching. Both the current and the archive projects deal with the performative in contemporary art. The focus is on the body with its diverse inscriptions, biographical experiences and aspects of feminist perspectives.

The project culminates in a collective performance: as a procession of images at the interface of demonstration, parade and procession, the images created move through Leipzig's city centre. This mobile exhibition will be supplemented at several stations by reenactments and performative works by alumni, guest artists and students. The procession ends at the HGB with a performative gesture: the pictures are hung from the windows of the HGB, transforming the mobile exhibition into an overall picture along the art school façade for a few days.

You are cordially invited to attend, we look forward to your coming!

· Jul 2021
HGB Festsaal & Atrium, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig & Federal Agency for Civic Education · Polyphonie - Vielstimmigkeit, Ambiguität und Mehrdeutigkeit aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive · conference + exhibition

A conference in context of the exhibition Polyphonie - Vielstimmigkeit, Ambiguität und Mehrdeutigkeit aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive in Gera and Paris.

Curated by Prof. Dr. Dieter Daniels · Jens Heitjohann


Felix Almes · Aaron Pfersdorf


(Original announcement text of the conference)

Die Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, die Kunstsammlung Gera und die HGB Leipzig veranstalten am 2. Juli 2021 in Kooperation die Tagung „Polyphonie – Vielstimmigkeit, Ambiguität und Mehrdeutigkeit aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive“. Sie bildet den Auftakt zur Ausstellung „Polyphon. Mehrstimmigkeit in Bild und Ton“ (02.07. - 19.09.2021) in der Kunstsammlung Gera. Zu den Referent*innen zählen die bildenden Künstlerinnen Euridice Zaituna Kala (Paris /Mosambik) und Natascha Sadr Haghighian (Berlin), die Kunsthistorikerin Dr. Katja Gentric (Paris), der Regisseur Jens Heitjohann (Berlin), der Musikwissenschaftler Prof. Dr. Sebastian Klotz (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), der Sozialwissenschaftler Dr. Werner Friedrichs (Uni Bamberg) sowie Jan Thoben (Studiengangsleiter Sound Studies and Sonic Arts, UDK Berlin).

Das Finale des Programms bildet ein Parcours durch die Räume der HGB mit künstlerischen Arbeiten von HGB-Studierenden aller Fachrichtungen sowie von Studierenden des Masterstudiengangs Sound Studies and Sonic Arts der Universität der Künste Berlin. In Performances und Installationen werden multiple Bedeutungen von Vielstimmigkeit audiovisuell erlebbar.

Schwerpunkt der Tagung ist die Betrachtung von Vielstimmigkeit, Ambiguität und Mehrdeutigkeit als Perspektiven auf Polyphonie. Der Begriff Polyphonie stammt aus der Musikwissenschaft und bezeichnet dort nicht nur Mehr- oder Vielstimmigkeit, sondern setzt auch die Selbstständigkeit und Unabhängigkeit der Stimmen eines Stückes voraus. Der Begriff konnotiert außerdem gesellschaftliche und politische Bedeutungen. So wendet der Literaturwissenschaftler und Kunsthistoriker Michail Bachtin „Polyphonie“ metaphorisch an, um auf die Artikulierung von gegensätzlichen Weltansichten und Perspektiven hinzuweisen. Verstanden als Chiffre für die Verfasstheit der spätmodernen Gesellschaft sowie für das Verhältnis der Einzelnen zur Vielheit eröffnet „Polyphonie“ somit interessante interdisziplinäre Perspektiven.

· May 2021
Art Go East Biennale 2021, Leipzig · lets collaborate · invitation + exhibition


Felix Almes · Tobias Fabek · Nike Kühn · Aaron Pfersdorf


(Original text written by the organizers of the Biennale)

Leipzig ändert sich. Den Wandel der Stadtgesellschaft – durch Zuzug, insbesondere von jungen Menschen, durch Migration und andere Einflussfaktoren der „globalisierten Welt“ – bezeichnet der Publizist und Migrationsforscher Mark Terkessidis als „Vielheit“.

Der von Ankommen und Fortgehen vieler Menschen geprägte Leipziger Osten kann exemplarisch für die beschriebene „Vielheit“ gelesen werden. Für die damit einhergehende zunehmende Herausforderung des „Miteinanders“ der vielen aktiven Bürger*innen braucht es Anlässe für einen kommunikativen Austausch.

Die zweite Biennale ART GO EAST wendet sich unter dem Motto “to collaborate” den Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten der „Vielheit“ zu und schafft Anknüpfungspunkte für Austauschprozesse (Podiumsdiskussionen, Künstler*innen- und Kurator*innengespräche). Impulsgebend dafür ist der Gedanke Terkessidis: „Viele Probleme müssen auf einmal bearbeitet werden, viele Stimmen gleichzeitig gehört und viele Ansprüche zu jedem Zeitpunkt miteinander vermittelt werden“. ART GO EAST schlägt Kunst als eine solche Mittlerin vor und fordert die teilnehmenden Künstler*innen, die Kunsträume und das Publikum auf, Teil dieser „Vielheit“ zu werden und gemeinsam Formen des künstlerischen Handelns zu entwickeln.

· Feb - Sep 2021
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · The topic is more or less housing · (online) exhibition

Group exhibition of the Intermedia class of Alba D'Urbano

participating artists:

Felix Almes · Tina Bara / Alba D'Urbano · Lennard B. Becker · Bernhard Bormann · Laura Därr · Clara Freund · Ambre Girault · Helga Hagen · Julia Kunde / Sophie Wolf · Steph Joyce · Fumi Kato · Jonathan McNaughton · Caro Otto · Camilla Rocchi · Valérie Siron · Annika Stoll · Theresa Zwerschke


(Text by Lennard B. Becker)

Let's make an attempt.
We remain in this attempt, we do not have a point, the last solid thing that remains is the space. Privileged are those who have one.
Let's make an attempt.
The walls would only be thin membranes. The walls would be skin. That which is out there is older than the Anthropocene, it cuts and diffuses through the membrane of our cell.
We build a space, we build a place because to build and to live means: to be in the world.
Digital space presses itself into memory through repetition just as physical space does. This is how the psyche forms. And just like nature, the digital does not forget. The disruption, the glitch and the failure would be our murmuring entourage. Our capsule would be a process.

"Living with the dissolute wallpaper-art of the interiors of that time [...] was like being woven in, spun into a spider's web, in which world events were scattered, hanging around like undressed insect bodies. One does not want to separate oneself from this cave."
– Walter Benjamin

· May 2020
Pöge-Haus Leipzig · Das Parlament · exhibition
Solo show


(Text by the artist)

600 Wahlkampfplakate und ein paar Gedanken zum Leben in einer parlamentarischen Demokratie- mehr ist es nicht.

Zur Wahlkampfzeit reißen Menschen die Wahlplakate ab und zerstören diese zum Teil.
Politische Versprechen vor der Wahl, werden nachträglich - als wäre es selbstverständlich - nicht mehr eingehalten.
Rosa Luxemburg wurde vor gut 100 Jahren ermordet, weil Sie anstatt von Parlamenten die Räte als Verwaltungsstruktur einer demokratischen Gesellschaft sah und sich dafür einsetzte.

Nun gibt es neuer Ansätze vom demokratischen Miteinander.
So entstehen gerade die ersten digitalen Blockchain-Demokratien. Über Ländergrenzen hinweg, lassen diese Bewegungen jeden nationalen Gedanken obsolet werden. Das zu Grunde liegende Model dazu heißt Basis-Demokratie - alle entscheiden mit. Jede Entscheidung, jede Abstimmung wird in der "Blockchain" gespeichert - 100% Transparenz, Korruption ist ausgeschloßen.
Ist dies das gesuchte Werkzeug für ein harmonisches Miteinander? Wie schützt sich der Mensch davor, mit hilfe dieser Technologie den/die nächste/n Super-Diktator/inn zu generieren?

Auf der anderen Seite kritisieren – auf politischer Ebene – auch AfD und Co. das aktuelle demokratische System, jedoch mit fatalstenen Vorstellungen einer Besserung.

Daher soll mit dieser Installation angeregt werden, über eine Weiterentwicklung der Demokratie und der Freiheit des einzelnen Menschen nachzudenken - gerne auch mit Umwegen in die Vergangenheit, zu der Geburtsstunde der Demokratie, sowie Visionen in die nahe Zukunft, bezogen auf die Möglichkeit und Gefahren der Technologien - um somit den verstaubten, aber dennoch gefährlichen konservativen Kräften und Ideologien des Planeten zu trotzen und den Wind aus deren Segeln zu nehmen.

Du bist herzlich eingeladen, offline/vor_Ort in den Fenstern der Ausstellung oder online hier in den Kommentarspalten deine Gedanken und Weiterentwicklungsszenarien zur Demokratie niederzuschreiben und mit allen anderen darüber zu diskutieren was ein angemessener Weg in die Zukunft sein soll.

· Feb 2020
HGB theory class room, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · shadow future (HGB Rundgang 2020) · exhibition

@ HGB room 3.05

Julia Ahlert · Felix Almes · Anabell · Tobias Fabek · Sophie C. Polheim ------------------------------------------------------------------------

· Dez 2019 - Feb 2020
HGB Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · 1937 - 2017: Von Entarteter Kunst zu Entstellter Kunst · research + exhibition
curated by:
Ilse Lafer · Olu Oguibe · Kilian Schellbach · Adam Szymczyk · Arthur Zalewski

Felix Almes · Sophia Eisenhut · Tobias Fabek · Marc-Anton Gnädinger · Julie Hart · Frank Holbein · Susanne Kontny · Christian Kölbl · Oscar Lebeck · Adrian Lück · Benedict Rheinhold · Jonas Roßmeißl · Carsten Saeger · Andreja Saltyte · Ramona Schacht · Johanna Mai Schmidt ·Stephen Stahn · Jens-Martin Triebel · Matteo Visentin

Eiko Grimberg · Frankfurter Hauptschule · Henrike Naumann · Dorota Sajewska · Artur Żmijewski

description by Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst:
Extract from the statement by Adam Szymczyk: "I was invited by Ilse Lafer in 2018 to propose a seminar concept at the HGB Leipzig. In response to this invitation, I submitted a proposal to the students that builds a bridge from the use of language and images in Nazi public space to current socio-political and aesthetic discourses. The choice of topics for the seminar was prompted by the events and debates that led to the removal of Olu Oguibes' 'Monument to Strangers and Refugees', the so-called obelisk with the sentence 'I was a stranger and you sheltered me', repeated in four languages on its four sides, from its original location, the Königsplatz in Kassel, where it was erected as the artist's contribution to documenta 14 (2017). The removal of the obelisk from the place chosen by the artist and its relocation to another place proposed by the municipality were approved in a democratic process involving the artist, the acting mayor, the cultural committee and the city councils of Kassel, while the media reported on every detail of the case. In the run-up to this debate, the phrase 'distorted art', referring to the notorious 'degenerate art' imprint of the Nazis, was deliberately used by a Hessian AfD member in 2017 to describe Oguibes' work and other artistic works at documenta 14. This sentence demanded an answer.
A one-year seminar began, open to students of all classes at the HGB Leipzig, accompanied by Ilse Lafer, Kilian Schellbach and Arthur Zalewski. The exhibition '1937 - 2017: From Degenerate Art to Deformed Art' is a possible result of this. It is concerned with the exploration of historical and contemporary languages and with images of nationalist, xenophobic and reactionary political parties and social groups. The complexes of works created this year and presented in the exhibition attempt to embody a response to violence in normative language. Works and discursive interventions by invited guests, including Olu Oguibe, Henrike Naumann, Dorota Sajewska and Artur Żmijewski, are part of the learning process and partly present in the exhibition. The question of the 'norm' becomes the theme here, in order to disrupt a construction in which the 'normal' rules over what is described as 'degenerate' or 'distorted': the new beautiful world without strangers "This form of collective, experimental exhibition practice also indicates the course for the gallery's 40th anniversary: The plan is to decouple the gallery space from its classical representational function for a year, and to conceive of it primarily as a "place of joint work on content". Accordingly, the coming year will be marked by artistic research in a variety of ways: cooperation with the new Society for Fine Arts (nGbK Berlin) and the Society for Artistic Research, Germany is being planned. At the same time, the institutional as well as infrastructural conditions of exhibiting and showing are to be examined by means of an exhibition series with the working title "How to make/ de-make/ re-make an institution" (Institute for All sorts of things). One focus of this series is on archiving, which at the same time provides an opportunity to present the new, 40-year-old digital gallery archive to the public. In addition, this year provides the ideal starting point for "Exhibiting as an artistic form", which invites students to develop their own exhibition projects.

· Jan 2020
Kunstraum Lakeside · Klagenfurt / Austria · performing an artspace · exhibition + performance
Felix Almes · Tobias Fabek · Leon Galli · Yannick Harter · Lisa Lirchhoff · Lydia Marx · Franziska Pätzhold · SeungLok Paik · Shuangshuang Liao · Stefan Riebel · Frida Zack ·

· Jul 2019
HGB Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · Eine Situation zur "Entstellten Kunst" #2 · research + exhibition
curated by:
Ilse Lafer · Olu Oguibe · Kilian Schellbach · Adam Szymczyk · Arthur Zalewski

Felix Almes · Juana Anzellini · Kea Bolenz · Sophia Eisenhut · Tobias Fabek · Marc-Anton Gnädinger · Zeno Gries · Julie Hart · Tobias Klett · Christian Kölbl · Oscar Lebeck · Adrian Lück · Mayriam Mayer · Benedict Rheinhold · Jonas Roßmeißl · Simon Rüger · Carsten Saeger · Andreja Saltyte · Ramona Schacht · Johanna Mai Schmidt · Sebastian Schmidt · Phil Stahlhut · Stephen Stahn · Jens-Martin Triebel · Matteo Visentin

description by Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst:
As part of the diploma tour, the second of a total of four situations on the "distorted art" of HGB students will open in the HGB Gallery on the basis of a seminar initiated by Ilse Lafer with the curator and artistic director of documenta 14, Adam Szymczyk. Based on the exhibition "Degenerate Art", which was shown between 1937 and 1941 in several cities of the then Nazi empire - including the Grassi Museum in Leipzig - the deconstruction of totalitarian historical and contemporary languages (including visual language) is to be considered and alternatives to these formulated. The current manifestation of the project sees itself as the (intermediate) result of a collective, open exhibition practice and is based on a research situation on the themes realized in May 2019:
Written Imagery - Degenerate Art (Sophia Eisenhut, Tobias Klett, Myriam Mayer, Adrian Lück, Carsten Saeger)
Co-Competition (Marc-Anton Gnädinger, Christian Kölbl, Benedict Reinhold, Jonas Roßmeißl)
Propaganda (Felix Almes, Zeno Gries, Oscar Lebeck, Johanna Maj Schmidt, Stephen Stahn)
The Barbarian (Juana Anzellini, Kea Bolenz, Andrėja Šaltytė, Phil Stahlhut, Jens-Martin Triebel, Matteo Visentin)
DE - FORM (Tobias Fabek, Julie Hart, Ramona Schacht, Sebastian Schmidt)

· Jun 2019
HGB Gallery & Atrium, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · Eine Situation zur "Entstellten Kunst" #1 · research + exhibition
curated by:
Ilse Lafer · Olu Oguibe · Kilian Schellbach · Adam Szymczyk · Arthur Zalewski

Felix Almes · Juana Anzellini · Kea Bolenz · Sophia Eisenhut · Tobias Fabek · Marc-Anton Gnädinger · Zeno Gries · Julie Hart · Tobias Klett · Christian Kölbl · Oscar Lebeck · Adrian Lück · Mayriam Mayer · Benedict Rheinhold · Jonas Roßmeißl · Simon Rüger · Carsten Saeger · Andreja Saltyte · Ramona Schacht · Johanna Mai Schmidt · Sebastian Schmidt · Phil Stahlhut · Stephen Stahn · Jens-Martin Triebel · Matteo Visentin

description by Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst:
The curator and artistic director of documenta 14 works in a seminar with the students on the deconstruction of totalitarian historical and contemporary languages (including visual language) and articulates alternatives to them. The concept of the normative, or the relationship between normativity and everyday tendencies of exclusion, is a particular focus. Among other things, it will be asked to what extent normatives are based on criteria of color, gender, and social status or are supported by the structure of nation states or the politics of transnational corporations. The historical anchor point for this investigation is the exhibition "Degenerate Art", which was shown between 1937 and 1941 in several cities of the former Nazi empire, including the Grassi Museum in Leipzig.
The seminar started in May with an introduction by Adam Szymczyk and will be continued by the participants in the form of a collective, open exhibition practice.
In the second half of the seminar, students develop their own works on this basis for an exhibition project in the HGB-Galerie, which Adam Szymczyk and Olu Oguibe will realize with the students in December 2019. The exhibition will open the program for the 40th anniversary of the HGB-Galerie.

· Nov 2018 + May 2019
MKE Budapest + Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig + Halle14/Kombinat Leipzig· art under conditions – learning from Budapest · exchange + research

· Apr 2019
HGB Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · person of no consequence – Verletzbare Subjekte · research + exhibition
curated by:
Peggy Buth

Felix Almes · Shirin Barthel · Alexander Bartsch · Katharina van den Brink · Cihan Cakmak · Minhye Chu · Tobias Fabek · Alexander Pascal Forré · Felix Grabe · Julie Hart · Luisa Hohlfeld · Azad Ibrahim · Sten Jackolis · Alexander Klaubert · Anna Lebedeva · Clemens Schöll · Sebastian Schmidt · Julius C. Schreiner · Katharina Schreiter · Julia Lübbecke · Adrian Lück · Jonathan McNauhgton · Jan-Luca Ott · Seunglok Paik · Aaron Pfersdorf · Lara Damaso Rodrigues · Jonas Roßmeißl · Eleanor Schilling · Fiete Worreschk · Theresa Zwerschke · Julia Zureck

description by Peggy Buth:
Vulnerable Subjects - Transdisciplinary and cross-media exhibition project with students from all subject areas of the HGB Leipzig in the context of the seminar PONC (person of no consequence) under the direction of Prof. Peggy Buth. On the one hand, the materiality of human beings is ATTACHABLE to INJURY, but on the other hand it is also linked to the fact that we are talking and acting with others in the world. The term INJURISABILITY seems to address a basic human condition and experience that affects all human beings, but in very different ways and with different consequences. How do people produce themselves as vulnerable subjects or what dependencies exist that make us vulnerable? To speak of INJURISABILITY creates ambivalent, also supposedly contradictory spaces of interpretation. Our exhibition project is dedicated to these different spaces of interpretation and experience. Further concepts came to light in our meetings in this context: such as physicality, vulnerability, recognition, ethics, political ability to act, immunization, resistance, precarization, concern. The exhibition is dedicated to these considerations. The artistic works take up in a very subjective way the common discussions and conceptual clusters and show, in the overall view of the exhibition, their complex interdependence, interdependence and mutual conditionality. The exhibition will be accompanied by a supporting programme.

· Okt 2018
Werkleitz 2018 / Halle (Saale) · Holen und Bringen – Wege, Strecken und Enden. Über die Mobilität der Produktion · research + exhibition
curated by:
Peggy Buth · Jan Lemitz

Felix Almes · David Behrens · Katharina van den Brink · Tobias Fabek · Susanne Kontny · Thersa Münnich · Franziska Pätzold · Leopold Tax · Clara Thielemann

desription by Jan Lemitz:
The increasing importance of the mobility of goods is not least reflected in the sheer endless number of deliveries at the individual level of consumption and ordering. The other end of these supply chains often lies on the periphery, where it develops its very own spatial language and economy. These processes are characterized by the maximization of individual decision-making options (ordering) and the optimization of space-time regimes. Across industries and products, these dynamics affect everyday things such as the supply of supermarkets and the delivery of components of pipelines in equal measure. As an imaging process, the medium of photography is part of industrial development and is once again inextricably linked to it through digitization. The workshop aims at the attempt to make mobilities, which shape container terminals and other places of logistical production, visible by means of artistic research and to use places such as the Duisburg Logport, the freight station in Halle or Leipzig/Halle Airport as places for the generation of informal knowledge.

· Sep 2018
occupied factory buildings next to the mainstation of Leipzig · frei und wohnungslos · workshop and exhibition with homeless people

· Sep 2018
Independent National Library Gospić + forest / Croatia · possible futures · residency + exhibition
curated by:
Kruno Jost · Stefan Riebel

Felix Almes · Barbara Bjelis · Leila Brinkmann· Leon Galli · Marvin Ketteniss · Kevin Koen · Laura Martinović ·Theresa Münnich · Barbara Raad · Elisa Schmitz · Dominik Zdenković

Artists from Zagrab and Leipzig, meeted up in a residency in order to devote themselves to the topics of man and technology, ie the absence of technology.
Through a personal world that separates itself from technology and approaches us "towards us".
The topics are classified under the common denominator of "sacred places", of our inner self belonging to us.
During the conference the participants together will discuss some of the themes through collaborative work on the form of moving sculptures, installations and performances.
The resulting considerations have been translated into works and were exhibited in the Independent Gospić National Library.

· Jun 2018
HGB Festsaal, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · speed exhibitions #9 · exhibition
Felix Almes · David Behrens · Katarina van den Brink · Tobias Fabek · Kevin Herrmann · Su Yu Hsin · Yunseon Jeong · Susanne Kontny · Theresa Münnich · Franziska Pätzold · Aaron Pfersdorf · Elisa Schmitz · Saou Tanaka · Leo Tax · Clara Thielemann · Jasper Westhaus

· Jun 2018
L102 Berlin · moments of change · L102 artPrize nomination + exhibition
curated by:
Martin Schwarze

Felix Almes · Gudrun Fischer-Bomert · Steven Gates · Kevin Gray · Ter Hell · Victoria Hohmann · Jörg F. Klam · Jens Kloppman · Danny Lasek · Somin Menner · Kerstin Neckel · Marlies Pahlenberg · Ho Pham Thai · Henriette Simon · Rasmus Søndergaard Johannsen · Ei Sprung · Inia Steinbach · Perter Ruehle · Hagen Vogel · Dana Widawski

discription by L102:
Stefan Zweig has described fourteen events of tremendous importance in his "Sternstunden der Menschheit" (Star Hours of Humanity). Such events still exist today, be it in personal life or on the great world stage.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung of 26/27 August 2017 reported about a camerawoman who had a leg on the Serbian-Hungarian border for a refugee. The woman lost her job and has been threatened with death ever since.
Since the threat of terrorists, we react to abandoned objects or people in the train who seem foreign with fear, rejection or flight, we get out or leave, although we would have behaved quite differently in "normal times".
Willy Brandt's Warsaw knee fall on 7.12.1970 was a spontaneous gesture of great symbolic effect, Angela Merkel's decisions to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima accident and the admission of the Syrian refugees in 2015 combined with the sentence "We can do it" were emotional and unexpected decisions of far-reaching importance.
We are looking for such MOMENTS OF CHANGE that are artistically staged.

· Jun 2018
Altonale Hamburg · altonale20 – Grenzen · altonaleKunstpreis nomination + exhibition
Felix Almes · Künstlerkollektiv Argos · Johanna Bank · Dhira Sarah Barein · Jared Bartz · Svenja Bary · Alisa Blum · Nancy Blum · Sven Blum · Thorsten Boehm · Suse Bohse · Marina Bokovnia · Serpil Caliskonoglu · Gunda Cassee · Boyun Choi · Leon Daniel · Karin Demuth · Damaris Dorawa · Ioannis Doxas · Stephan Eckert · Antje Ellerbrock · Käthe Elter Lukas Engelhardt · Anne Euler · Veronique Friedrich · Juliane Guerrero · Christine Guthoff · Johanna Hartwig · Saori Hasegawa · Martin Hoffmann · Eva Jaeger-Nilius · Ilona Jakob · Hannimari Jokinen · Swen Kählert · Julian Kahns · Soojie Kang · Sabine v. Keil · Stefan Klein · Constanze Kratzsch · Detlfe Lemme · Hugo Lobeck · Karen Löwenstrom · Karen Luc · Kollektiv Lucky Punch Press · Melina Mauberret · Jorgen May · Francisca Markus · Elke Mußenbrock · Elvira Nungesser · Klaus Pinter · Jeannine Platz · Juliane Plöger · Anja Puppel · Anja Reimers · Daria Rhyner · Radikaler Handarbeitszirkel RHZ · Petra Rothe · Jasmin Maria Rüttinger · Martin Sander · Caroline Scheel · Christian Schildmacher · Pia Schmikl · Stefanie Schmidt · Sissy Schneider · Isabel Schober · Helmut Schulte · Dmitrij Schurbin · Nikolai Sietz · Johanna Stallbaum · Valeska Stach · Heike Stille · Leyla Dönmez Surveren · Janina Totzauer · Annika Unterburg · Maike Ustorf · Suscha Vogel-Lohbeck · Julia Wandel · Christoph Wegner · Helga Wendland · Christian Weschnewski · Tina van de Weyer · Chrisdian Wittenburg

Felix Almes · Leon Daniel · Lukas Engelhardt · Anne Euler & Tina van de Weyer · Hannimari Jokinen · Stefan Klein · Radikaler Handarbeitszirkel · Stefanie Schmidt, Kajan Luc & Fabiana Woywod · Pia Schmikl · Janina Totzauer · Chrisdian Wittenburg

description by altonale:
Every year, the altonale focuses on a specific motto, which can be found in many events of the cultural festival. For the 20th anniversary, borders are on focus. The term border should not only be understood as a limitation of states - even or especially if this includes a particular political and social relevance - but more fundamentally as a dividing line in geographic, spatial, physical-mathematical, social, cultural, ethical and psychological sense. Border as limitation and restriction as well as transgression and overcoming, as limited and boundless. Borders exclude and simultaneously demand overcoming.

· Apr-May 2018
office next to the AfD Gera + public space in the City of Gera + social media· altentfernen – Büro für innerdeutsche Abschiebeangelegenheiten · exhibition + real-theater

· Feb 2018
HGB Grundstudium media art class room, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · Rundgang 2018 · exhibition
Felix Almes · Katarina van den Brink · Tobias Fabek · Rawan Hassan · Anis Heit · Kevin Herrmann · Susanne Kontny · Aaron Pfersdorf · Yara Saleh · Leo Tax · Clara Thielemann

· Dez 2017
HGB Grundstudium media art class room, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig · selbstportrait · exhibition
Felix Almes · David Behrens · Katarina van den Brink · Tobias Fabek · Rawan Hassan · Anis Heit · Kevin Herrmann · Su Yu Hsin · Yunseon Jeong · Susanne Kontny · Franziska Pätzold · Aaron Pfersdorf · Yara Saleh · Elisa Schmitz · Soubhi Shami · Saou Tanaka · Leo Tax · Clara Thielemann · Jasper Westhaus · Freund Walter

· Jan 2016 - Jan 2017
Nachtigall Ensamble · Die sozialistische Nachtigall · research + stage setting

· Okt 2016
Ost-Passage Theater Leipzig · unsichtbar – über das Wesen der Linie · workshop + exhibition

· Mar - Dez 2015
Graffitiverein Leipzig + City of Leipzig · Die Stadtwerdung Leipzigs · research + mural painting

· Nov 2015
Ost-Passage Theater Leipzig + Pöge-Haus Leipzig · All unsere Träume · stage setting

· Jul - Okt 2015
Ost-Passage Theater Leipzig + gruppe theater against germany· Leipzig die utopische Kommune + L.E.Dreams · stage settings for 3 lecture performances and the resulting staging

· Sep - Okt 2014
Elegantly Wasted Studio + Urban Art Factory / Sofia.BG · residency + exhibition

· Aug 2014
Deutsch-Französische Jugendwerk + Berufliches Schulzentrum 5 Leipzig + Rabet Leipzig· Art and Communication · 3 lingual workshop in wall painting

· Apr - Jun 2014
Graffitiverein Leipzig + Behörde für Stasiunterlagen + City of Leipzig · untold stories · research + mural painting

· Aug + Sep 2012
Projektbüro Leipziger Osten + Rabet Leipzig · Gegen die Wand – Graffiti-Workshop für Jugendliche im Rabet · workshop

· Jul 2012
Pöge-Haus Leipzig · participation in Kunst am Markt · exhibition

· since 2019
Kombinat Artist Studio, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei · Continuous exhibition & performative art practice
· Spring gallery tour 2023
Kombinat – Spring Rundgang

· Winter gallery tour 2023
Kombinat – Atellierrundgang

· Autumn gallery tour 2022
Kombinat – Atellierrundgang

· Summer gallery tour 2022
Kombinat – Atellierrundgang

· Spring gallery tour 2022
Kombinat – Atellierrundgang

· Feb - Apr 2020
»none« – Eine Ausstellungseröffnung

Felix Almes · Franz Herrgesell · Elisabeth Liselotte Kraus · Toni Mosebach · Aaron Pfersdorf · Fiete Worreschk

· Winter gallery tour 2020
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams
Felix Almes · Tobias Fabek · Kevin Koen · Elisabeth Kraus · Elisabeth Paßora · Haiguang Li · Aaron Pfersdorf · Sophie C. Polheim

· Autumn gallery tour 2019
Felix Almes · Leon Galli · Franz Herrgesell · Till Hunger · Kevin Koen · Sarah Letalik · Nora Langen · Anna Schall · Fiete Worreschk · Frida Zack

»Amalgamations - the action, process or result of combining and uniting« refers to the possibility of creating something new, previously unknown, from many small elements. In this way, the individual positions of the artists, which were initially thought of in isolation, can begin to communicate with each other and open up further levels of perception through their tangents.
Ateliergemeinschaft Kombinat shows works from the fields of sound, installation, photography, painting and performance. Contrary to a clean exhibition concept, the artistic points of view are integrated into an actively used working space.
What happens if what is shown is not to be located in a classical format, but the traces of the processual can be clearly felt in the space?
In the end everything becomes blurred.

· Spring gallery tour 2019
Mein Körper ist eine Lagerhalle
participants: Felix Almes · Hazem Arabi · David Behrens · Tobias Fabek · Alicia Franzke · Angelos Lakouras Hess · Till Hunger · Kevin Koen · Frederike Moormann · Kay Lotte Pommer · Anna Schall · Liao Shuanhshuang · Saou Tanaka · Fiete Worreschk · Frida Zack

description by Tobais Fabek:
My body is a Lagerhalle.
How do we relate to the SPINNEREI space?
By attempting to question a name (//by attempting an exhibition), various young artists* (12) of the Kombinat explore their connection with the still largely ominous space of the SPINNEREI, in which they have recently begun to participate.
Their task there is to question their working conditions and form a collective.
How can a space, initially part of a building complex, be used for my artistic "training"?
Who are we when we exhibit?
Are we something like the future or the returning past? How can we orient ourselves in complexes?
Be it the spinning mill, the university or the art market - be it the city, the country or the capitalist state.
If the art space is used as an exhibition space, is my body (then so long) its warehouse?
The third test area # of the Kombinat will show it - as a project area of HALLE 14, as a node in the network of the Institute for All Possible and as a collective student of the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB).
On view are positions between economy and ecology, symbol and function, material and abstraction, body and space - will they be able to elude a commodity form?

· Winter gallery tour 2019
Felix Almes · Hazem Arabi · David Behrens · Tobias Fabek · Alicia Franzke · Kevin Koen · Nora Langen · Tianxu Liu · Frederike Moormann · Franziska Pätzold · Aaron Pfersdorf · Kay Lotte Pommer · Anna Schall · Saou Tanaka