The exhibition of the Flying Letters in Maebashi/Japan is co-curated by Kenzo Onoda
This exhibition by the Düsseldorf-based artist Birgit Jensen is the result of a network project for which Birgit Jensen invited 130 artists from all over the world. She involved a large range of different artistic personalities in an artistic-communicative dialogue. She asked them how they, as visual artists, respond to the latest developments in a globalized world. What position do they take and how do the changes and attendant social tensions and conflicts influence their work? How do they position themselves in relation to the transformations of our society and its various different local impacts?
Every participant was invited to send an image and a text file by e-mail, which Birgit Jensen could print out and install as an exhibition. The response to her inquiry was unexpectedly enormous and very exciting. A vast spectrum of answers were sent back. Each expression of the 130 artists reflects another aspect of our time, be it philosophical, social, political, economical or ecological. Every answer relates to a different point of view. It shows that artistic thinking is rooted in a specific social experience.
With minimal effort, Birgit Jensen creates a maximum diversity of voices.
More than half of the participants are not German. They come from 32 different countries, from all continents (Austria, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Ireland, England, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Poland, Turkey, Italy, Isreal, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Russia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Algeria, Cameroon, Togo, Senegal, Argentina, Chile, Iran, Japan, South Korea, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and USA).
The images include all types of media of contemporary art: painting, sculpture, photography, conceptual work, video stills, installation work, comic art, drawing, performance, abstract and figurative work, etc.
The exhibition „Flugblätter “ was originally presented in „Künstler Gut Loitz e. V. “ in Loitz an der Peene in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/Germany in August 2017 (in collaboration with Barbara Camilla Tucholski). In March 2018 it was shown in the exhibition space of „Pictura" in Dordrecht/Netherlands (in collaboration with Teresiña Talarico and within a wall-painting concept of Sigmund de Jong).
Artists included in Flugblätter in Maebashi/Japan: Stefan à Wengen CH | Moussa Séne Absa SEN | Beza Alemu-Pepper ETH | Bill Allen USA | Markus Ambach D | Ulrike Arnold D | Liz Bachhuber USA | Vanya Balogh HRV | Gudrun Barenbrock D | Rainer Barzen D | Heinz Baumüller AUT | Christine Bernhard D | Benjamin Bohnsack D | Frank Bölter D | Hans Brändli CH | Christoph Bucher CH | Julia Bünnagel D | Luca Buvoli IT | Sigmund de Jong NL | Christian Deckert D | Arpad Dobriban HUN | Susanne Fasbender D | Frank Fenstermacher D | Hercules Fisherman IR/UK | Pia Fries CH | Harald Fuchs D | Shrutti Garg IND | Clemens Botho Goldbach D | Paul Goodwin UK | Melissa Gordon USA | Ted Green USA | Ingo Günter D/USA | Jutta Haeckel D | Wolfgang Hahn D | Mark Harris UK | Lucy Harvey NZ | Isabelle Hayeur CAN | Gabriele Horndasch D | Bruno Jakob CH | Marcus Jansen D | Halina Jaworski PL/ISR/D | Otto Jeschke D | Celina Jure ARG | Hüseyin Karakaya TUR | Dagmar Keller D | Nak Beom Kho KOR | Roman Klonek PL/D | Michael Kortländer D | Evangelos Koukouwitakis GR | Gereon Krebber D | Kirsten Krüger D | Florian Kuhlmann D | Stefan Kürten D | Benje LaRico USA | Jon Erlend Larsen NOR | Denise Lasagni CH/F | Silke Leverkühne D | Nataly Maier D/IT | Kaoli Mashio JPN | Keisuke Matsuura JPN | Christian Megert CH | Aron Mehzion ERI | Peter Mell D | Carmengloria Morales CHL | Nicole Morello F | Benjamin Nachtwey D | Peter Nagel D | Hanne Nagel-Axelsen DK | Holger Nickisch D/NL | Michalis Nicolaides CY | Walter Nikkels NL | Hannes Norberg D | Anita Oettershagen D | Shizuka Okada JPN | Kenzo Onoda JPN | Driss Ouadahi DZA | Marleen Oud NL | Heike Pallanca D | Mark Patsfall USA | Mark Pepper D | Roxane Permar USA | Wolfgang Pilz D | Udo Rathke D | Hamdi Reda EGY | Kai Rheineck D | Melanie Richter D | Patrick Rieve D | Alexander Roob D | Ingrid Roscheck D | Valentin Rothmaler D | Glen Rubsamen USA | Stefan Saffer D | Mia Saharla FIN | Leunora Salihu RKS | Jochen Saueracker D | Thyra Schmidt D | Lars Ulrich Schnackenberg D | Hansjörg Schneider D | Nicola Schrudde D | Max Schulze D | Helmut Schweizer D | Rebecca Scott UK | Michael Seeling D | Marcus Sendlinger D | Sean Shanahan IRL | Yoshio Shirakawa JPN | Ulrike Siecaup D | Thomas Stricker CH | U Sunok KOR | Yuji Takeoka JPN | Teresiña Talarico CHL/D | David Thomas AUS | Patrick Thomas UK | Barthélémy Toguo CMR | Barbara Camilla Tucholski D | Maki Umehara JPN | Natascha Ulianova RUS | Ton van der Laaken NL | Jarno Vesala FIN | Haichuan Wang CHN | Deborah Wargon AUS | Etsuko Watanabe JPN | Shirley Wegner ISR | Barbara Westermann USA | Suse Wiegand D | Christopher Winter UK | Martin Wittwer CH | Mark Woods UK | Christoph Worringer D | Mounia Youssef LBN/TGO | Miro Zahra CZ | Uta Zaumseil D | Tu Zeng CHN
Installationsfotos: Birgit Jensen