Moritz Partenheimer works with photography to create surreal worlds of their own kind, composed of sites in various locations around the world. He studies the urban microcosm and investigates urban space to define its identity. His focus is on inconspicuous sites, the sort of surroundings that are composed of things we come across every day. His pristine settings seem to be void of human presence, however, their traces are discernable and become an expression of the space wherein the portrayed objects replace humankind. It is through his formal reduction and concentration of the selected objects that we come to better understand their artificial, natural or cultural beauty.
Moritz Partenheimer (born 1979, Munich) studied at the Bauhaus-University, Weimar and at Pratt Institute, New York. In 2006, he graduated from Bauhaus University with a master’s degree and moved to Munich. Recent solo shows include Points of Interest, Gallery Jordanow, Munich; Lost in Translation, Gallery Binz & Krämer, Cologne; and Lost Paradise, Kunstverein Heinsberg. His group exhibitions include Lost in Translation, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Bildspuren – Unruhige Gegenwarten, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Germany; and Ist das ein Portrait, Gallery Karin Sachs, Munich. His work is represented in numerous private collections, as well as public collections, including Museum Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. He lives and works in Munich and Cologne.
Residents from Germany
Simón Arrebola uses painting and drawing to express events through an unusual way of conceiving space and time. These elements are essential in every act of telling stories. To build the arguments, Arrebola starts from those memories or experiences that live in our mind or arrive to us as a product of a foreign stimulus. Memory and its mental images are the origins of these stages and coexist with traditions and mythical legends. His conception of landscape is a kind of nature with an evocative character where the spaces talk about people and other times and the characters hybridize with the space that exists around them.
Simón Arrebola was born in Spain in 1979. He studied Painting, Engraving and Design at the University of Fine Arts in Seville. He received his MFA from Seville University in 2011. Arrebola has exhibited his work at Isabel Ignacio Gallery, Seville and Ángeles Baños, Badajoz. He also took part in the 3rd Mediterranean Biennal in Tunis. Arrebola won the Focus Abengoa Painting Award in 2008 and received an Iniciarte grant by Junta de Andalucía in 2009. He is one of the 2013 recipients of the “Sevilla es Talento” Grant, sponsored by Valentín Madariaga Foundation and ICAS. His work is in the collections of the Valentín Madariaga Foundation, Seville University and Focus-Abengoa Foundation.
Residents from Spain
Eunji Cho activates the movement and inherent energy of urban remains, traces and suspended matters such as mud, stone and dust through performance, installation, situationist intervention and writing. She explores the slippage that arises when a modern subject enters another territory and becomes a minority, colonized, and the “other.” In her recent works, she focuses on the socio-psychological landscape of surface elements of the city interpreted by her own intuition and methodologies. Her artistic practice retains a minimalist approach to explore the ways in which certain objects are used in her works. Cho uses a range of media including drawing, video, performance and installation
In 2012, Eunji Cho had her 5th solo exhibition, Poem In Action, at RM Gallery, Auckland. Her selected group exhibitions include Walking Drifting Dragging, New Museum, New York, 2013; Play Time, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, 2012; Dtang, the Mud Said, Duesseldorf Festival, Duesseldorf, 2012; tempus fugit, Kuenstlerverein Malkasten, Duesseldorf, 2012;Media Scape, Nam Jun Paik Art Center, Yongin, 2011; 7th Gwangju Biennale: Annual Report, Gwangju, 2008; Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang,2007; The Multicultural in Our Time, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2010; and Cittadellarte Venice, Venice University, Venice, 2005. She also has a female duo performance band, Michelangelo Pistoletto Band and sings about love and cities in various cities all over the world. Eunji Cho lives and works in Seoul.