Ulf Aminde Born in 1969 in Stuttgart, Germany | Lives and works in Berlin


Foto: Uwe Niklas, NĂĽrnberg 2012

Ulf Aminde
Foto: Uwe Niklas, NĂĽrnberg 2012

Ulf Amindesees personal encounter as the prerequisite for the artistic work process; a second is its contemplation in the sense of Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theater. Although he inevitably works with other people as a director of theater and performance projects and films, for him it is the clash of his interests, expectations, and desires with those of the others that becomes the subject and core of his productions.

Alternatively as accomplice, rival, and/or companion of “people on the verge of a crisis,” like those that have an interest in the relationship of an individual to society, he develops images together with them that negotiate questions of identity, social roles, and, thus, his own position as artist.

The structure of his work corresponds to the movement of a pendulum in which he radically shifts himself to the center of the work, while at the same time putting himself at the mercy of the uncertainties of its outcome. He insists that his counterparts open themselves up to his needs just as he confronts the needs of his “actors.”

His work, Frontalunterricht (2009), came into being as part of the Mannheim Schiller Days, for which the artist was supposed to work out a presentation with different groups, including one of about 20 youths. While the work together with the other groups progressed productively, the rehearsals with the young people proved to be extremely problematic. Aminde was unable to get them to see there was anything for them in the given situation so that nothing at all was happening. Only when he put the group on the rehearsal stage and gave them the job of acting in front of rolling cameras did the youths gradually abandon their reluctance. The resulting film is not only a portrait of the difficult relationship between the director and the group but moreover it illustrates a structural aspect in Aminde’s work. In varying constellations, his protagonists enter a relationship with him by making visible and reflecting the need to be seen and recognized.

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2012 Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg
2011 Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
2010 Kunstverein Arnsberg
2009 VolksbĂĽhne Berlin (theatre production)
2008 Jet, Berlin
2007 GAK Bremen
2005 Kunstverein Wolfsburg

Group exhibitions (selection)

2011 Macht Geschichte! X Wohnungen, 16. Internationale Schillertage, Nationaltheater Mannheim
Plateaux Festival 2011, Frankfurt
Selected Artists, NGBK Berlin
2010  Urbi et Orbi, Museum Paço des Artes, SĂŁo Paolo
2009  Un/Mögliche Gemeinschaft, Shedhalle, Zurich
Playing the City, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
89/09, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Berlin, eine Stadt im Wandel, Instituto Cultural ItaĂş, VitĂłria Belo Horizonte, Brasil
2007 zwischen zwei Toden, ZKM Karlsruhe
Wege aus der Kunst, Lothringer13, Munich
Rock'n Video, MAC/VAL - Musée d´Art Contemporain du Val de Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine
2006 Von Mäusen und Menschen, 4th Berlin Biennale, Berlin