Antje Majewski – Artist Talk


Date: Tuesday 16th February

Location: ASN Studio, Ground Floor, Evolution House

Antje Majewski [1968, Marl, Westphalia], based in Berlin, is perhaps best known for her series of photorealistic, figurative paintings, which grapple with existential questions like friendship, love, masquerade, and death. Her topics also revolve around the psychology of individuals in relation to society, history, and social norms. Her work takes form over a number of disciplines including painting, photography, video, film, installation, and dance theatre.

She has worked collaboratively on a number of occasions with writer Ingo Niermann, with whom she co-directed dance-theatre project Skarbek in 2005 (Majewski also did the stage and costume design) narrating the tale of a mythic figure which appears in Polish miners’ tales; and more recently they worked alongside one another for Dubai Düsseldorf, (2009) a group show at Kunstverein für die Rheinland und die Westphalem Düsseldorf.

The art critic Dominic Eichler highlights the most important thematic threads in Majewski’s oeuvre and shows “that in terms of thinking about the fantasy figures, performance, roles and costumes …, the theoretical backdrop is informed by a progressive form of feminism. In particular, Judith Butler’s thesis about the importance of performance and performativity in the construction of gender should be taken into account.” The author Ingo Niermann claims that “whether (she) paints people in their everyday appearance or a staged one, she subordinates herself. Whatever can be seen stays with the people. They are the actual images whose real presentation is only a fleeting one.”

Majewski has exhibited widely, with solo shows My very gestures, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2008); Mal de ojo and other works, Darat al Funum, Amman (2007); The Royal Mummies, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin (2006); L’Invitation au Voyage Kunsthalle Basel (2001). Group shows include: Squatting, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (2010); Zeigen, eine Audiotour, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (2009); Under Influence, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden (2008); Convergence at E116°/N40° Beijing 2005, Beijing, China (2005).

Antje Majewski is Artist in Residence at Randolph Cliff, supported by the Edinburgh College of Art, the National Galleries of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.

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