Ulf Aminde Born in 1969 in Stuttgart, Germany | Lives and works in Berlin
Ulf Amindesees personal encounter as the prerequisite for the artistic work process; a second is its contemplation in the sense of Bertolt Brechtâ€™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 â€śpeople on the verge of a crisis,â€ť 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 â€śactors.â€ť
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 Amindeâ€™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|
|2009||VolksbĂĽhne Berlin (theatre production)|
Group exhibitions (selection)
Macht Geschichte! X Wohnungen, 16. Internationale Schillertage, Nationaltheater Mannheim|
Plateaux Festival 2011, Frankfurt
Selected Artists, NGBK Berlin
|2010||Urbi et Orbi, Museum PaĂ§o des Artes, SĂŁo Paolo|
Un/MĂ¶gliche 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
zwischen zwei Toden, ZKM Karlsruhe|
Wege aus der Kunst, Lothringer13, Munich
Rock'n Video, MAC/VAL - MusĂ©e dÂ´Art Contemporain du Val de Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine
|2006||Von MĂ¤usen und Menschen, 4th Berlin Biennale, Berlin|