17 Feb 31 Mar 2017
Villa Romana Fellows 2017
Andrea Bellu/Matei Bellu, Carina Brandes, Kasia Fudakowski, Stefan Pente, Farkhondeh Shahroudi
You and your friends are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition on Friday,
February 17 at 7 pm
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 2 to 6 pm and on appointment
Farkhondeh Shahroudi, Courier, 2016, stitched cloths, 125 x 110 x 42 cm
At the start of their ten-month stay in Florence, the Villa Romana Fellows 2017 will exhibit new works. Andrea Bellu/Matei Bellu, Carina Brandes, Kasia Fudakowski, Stefan Pente and Farkhondeh Shahroudi were nominated by the jurors Natascha Sadr Haghighian (artist) and Moritz Wesseler (Director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein).
Andrea Bellu/Matei Bellu currently live in Berlin. In their films, drawings, texts, and installations they identify gaps and discontinuities in historical narratives and transmit them in a reduced pictorial language. Their work is based on migrant, post-colonial and feminist perspectives and deals with omissions and misappropriation in everyday life.
Carina Brandes, born 1982 in Brunswick, studied in Brunswick and lives in Leipzig. She works with the medium of analogue blackand-white photographs, which she develops herself in a laboratory. She usually stands in front of the camera as an actor and writes herself into casual and playful situations that alternate between controlled order and loss of control.
Kasia Fudakowski, born 1985 in London, has lived in Berlin since 2006. She studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. In her sculptures and installations, Kasia Fudakowski works both with abstract and figurative elements, which she sometimes satirizes in performative acts. Her work often lies between the structure of the joke and comic theory, in that it embodies an emotionally charged subconscious leap of meaning.
Stefan Pente, born 1964 in Zurich, has lived in Berlin since 1995. The central issue in his installations, performances and films is the construction of identity through description, attribution and categorisation. Using groups of objects, material assemblages and performances, which as far as possible elude verbal expression, he questions the necessity of and motivation behind the representations of the exotic other.
Farkhondeh Shahroudi, born 1962 in Tehran, found asylum in Germany in the 1990s after protests against the Shah regime. After studying Painting at Alzahra University in Tehran, she studied Art and Design at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. She produces sometimes large-scale figurative textile sculptures embroidered with Arabic characters. Her work is included in collections such as the British Museum, London. In 2011, the German radio station Deutschlandfunk dedicated a radio play to her.