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Andréas Lang – Broken Memories
April 18 @ 18:30 - July 14 @ 18:30
Opening: April 18, Tuesday 18:30
Depo presents Andréas Lang‘s solo exhibition Broken Memories on Tuesday, April 18.
Andréas Lang has been working on the topic of memory and history in Turkey since his stipend and residency at Tarabya Cultural Academy. Through his images in Broken Memories he reflects on disappearance, discontinuity, and the many layers of historical inscription in Turkish landscapes, that leaves visible cues about a collective memory rendered invisible.
Lang calls his work method visual archeology: revealing the different layers of history, mythology and the present. The pictures appear like stages or filmsets, as if in suspension, in a limbo between past, present and future. In this way the images become a place for the imaginary and its projection; at times blending or colliding with immanent social, political and ecological realities. After a phase of intensive research the artist travels to the places in question to take pictures and he employs his visual method in Broken Memories by looking at history and memory in Turkey, on the writing and overwriting of history. He particularly focuses on places connected to the late Ottoman Empire, the Armenian heritage, events of 1915 and the beginning of the Republic; on what is remembered and what is left to oblivion.
Curated by Refik Akyüz and Serdar Darendeliler from the Geniş Açı Project Office [GAPO], the exhibition will be accompanied by a book to be published in May by Kerber Verlag.
Andréas Lang, born in Zweibrücken, Germany; began his artistic work in Paris. Today he lives in Berlin and works with photography and video installation. His image cycles deal with landscapes and their hidden history, including the intellectual-cultural DNA of Europe. In 2006-2007 he created the series Eclipse about historical landscapes in the Middle East in relation to the crusades and christianity. In 2011, he started a project on (post-) colonialism in Central Africa through research on historical material. In 2019/20, research trips for the project Re-Visiting Orientalism project took him to the Caucasus, North Africa, Central Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. His awards and stipends include the Special Mention Award at MDFF – Milano Architecture Filmfestival (2021), Art Award for Photography Lotto Brandenburg (2021), the Tarabya Cultural Academy stipend (2018/20/23), the stipend and working grant from the Cultural Senate Berlin (2017) and the AArtist in Residence stipend of the German Foreign Office and LVBG (2016), the DG Art Award (2008). In 2023 he is nominated for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. A selection of his exhibitions include: Re-Visiting Orientalism, Contemporary Art Gallery (Georgian National Museum), Tbilisi (2021); Eclipse, Guardini Gallery and Foundation, Berlin (2019); The astonished silence, Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation, Berlin (2016); Cameroon and Congo. A Phantom Geography and search of traces, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin (2016) he participated in the following group-shows: So far so close, Haus am Lützowplatz Berlin (2020); Lagos Biennale (2019); Mercosul Biennale (2018); Mess with Your Values, n.b.k., Berlin (2018); Eyes on Paris, Deichtorhallen – Haus der Fotografie (2011).
Realised with the support of:
Alumni-Fonds of the Tarabya Cultural Academy / ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation / Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
/ Initial I Sonderstipendium der Akademie der Künste / Neustart Kultur der Stiftung Kunstfonds