Thomas Struth, born 1954 in Geldern, studied painting at the National Art Academy in Dusseldorf with Gerhard Richter and photography with Bernd and Hilla Becher. Struth taught at the State University of Design, Karlsruhe from 1993 until 1996. He currently lives and works in Berlin and New York. Struth’s most renowned series is Museum Photographs (1989–2005).
His large-format photographs typically focus on the environment. After years of photographing streets and industrial areas in black and white, he has expanded his repertoire in the last 15 years to include images in the fields of science and research, industrial production and technology.
Numerous solo exhibitions include: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2014 and 2003); the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2011); the Kunsthalle Bern (2008); the Museo del Prado, Madrid (2007), Dallas Museum of Art (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2002); National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto (2000); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1994). Group exhibitions include: Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2004); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2003); and the Kunsthalle Basel (2001). Struth was awarded the very first fellowship from the Dusseldorf Art Academy for the PS1, New York in 1978. Other awards include: the Werner Mantz Prize for Photography (1992); Stichting Werner Mantz, Maastricht; and the International Prize for Photography of the Foundation of Lower Saxony – SPECTRUM (1997). In 2014, Struth was awarded the RIBA Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for his contribution to architecture.
Sabine Hornig studied fine art and sculpture at the Berlin University of the Arts and at the Canterbury College of Art. In 1995, she was awarded a Visiting Scholar grant at University of California, Los Angeles.
Sabine Hornig’s sculptures, installations and photographs employ the language of architecture to transform space and the viewer’s perception of space. Meshes of barriers, vistas and transparent photographs blur the boundaries between representation and reality, truth and imagination, in order to dissolve linear time (photography) in favor of
simultaneity (sculpture). In Hornig’s sculptural work, the image is literally about the object one can walk around, such as the Large Glass. It gains sculptural presence by engaging in a dialogue with the viewer inside its space.
Solo exhibitions include: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2013–2014); Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2013); Pinakothek der Moderne and the Alte Pinkothek, Munich (2011); Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon (2005); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2003). Group exhibitions include: the Getty Museum Los Angeles (2013); Kunsthalle Hamburg (2012); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2012); and the kestnergesellschaft Hannover (2007). Hornig has been awarded numerous grants, including the PS1 scholarship New York from the Senate of Berlin (1999–2000) and the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff scholarship (1998). She lives and works in Berlin.
Christian Jankowski was born 1968 in Göttingen and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg. He has been Professor of Sculpture (installation, performance and video) at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts since 2005. He lives and works in Berlin.
Jankowski’s artwork focuses on the mechanisms of media society and has achieved international renown for his video performances.
He has shown his works in numerous international solo exhibitions including: Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York (2001); Museum of Contemporary Art, Basel (2003); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2003); the Miami Art Museum (2007) and Berlinische Galerie (2011). Group exhibitions include: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2005); PS1 New York (2005); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2011); and K20 – Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2011). He also participated in the Venice Biennale (1999); Whitney Biennial, New York (2002); and the Sydney Biennial (2010). In 2000, Jankowski was nominated for the First Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst in Berlin. In 2013, he was awarded the Videonale Prize of the Kfw-Stiftung. In addition to numerous other grants and fellowships, Jankowski was awarded the German Study Centre in Venice (1998) and the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Fellowship (2000). In 2016, Christian Jankowski will be curator of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Manifesta, Zurich.
Rosa Barba lives and works in Berlin. She was born 1972 in Agrigento, Sicily, raised in Germany, and studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. In 2003, she received a two-year residency fellowship at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.
Barba playfully looks at the temporal, auditory, spatial and material side of the film medium and obsessively explores its limits. Her most recent exhibitions include: MAXXI, Rome (2014); CAC, Vilnius (2014); Turner Contemporary, Margate, the Bergen Kunsthall (2013); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2012); Kunsthaus Zürich (2012); the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2011); and Tate Modern, London (2010). Group exhibitions include: the 8th Berlin Biennale, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the 52nd, 53rd, and 56th Venice Biennale.
Rosa Barba has won numerous international awards, such as the Nam June Paik Award; International Media Art Award of the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia (2010); the HAP Grieshaber Prize (2006); and the Prix du Centre pour l’Image Contemporaine, Geneva (2007).
Nairy Baghramian works have been shown in numerous renowned international solo and group exhibitions including: Sculpture Projects Muenster (2007); Kunsthalle Basel (2006); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2008); Berlin Biennale (2008); Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen (2009); Bergen Kunsthall (2009), Museum Sztuki Lodz (2009); Serpentine Gallery, London (2010); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2010); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011); Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2011); 54th International Art Exhibition ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations at the Biennale di Venezia (2011); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2012); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2012); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2012); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2013); Berlin Biennale (2014); Art Institute Chicago (2014); Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (2014); Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto (2014); and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2015).
She was awarded the Schering Stiftung Art Award (2007); the hector prize (2012); and the Arnold-Bode-Preis (2014). Upcoming exhibitions include: S.M.A.K., Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (2016); Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg (2017); and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017).
Albrecht Schäfer lives and works in Berlin, where he has been Professor of Sculpture at the Weissensee School of Art since 2010. Schäfer was born 1967 in Stuttgart and studied fine art at the Academy of Fine Arts, Braunschweig; Chelsea College of Art, London; and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. In 2006, he was awarded the hector prize of the Kunsthalle Mannheim.
Schäfer’s art often focuses on a specific exhibition space, which in turn becomes an integral part of the project. It is typical of Schäfer’s working method to use normal, everyday materials and transform them into something new and unusual through his intervention.
Albrecht Schäfer’s solo exhibitions include: KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2008); Kunsthalle Mannheim (2007); Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen; Gaudel de Stampa Gallery, Paris (2010); Galerie Kamm, Berlin (2011); and Grieder Contemporary, Zurich (2015). Group exhibitions include: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2008); Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej, Warsaw (2010); MARTa Herford (2011); Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2012); and insitu, Space for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014).
Philipp Lachenmann was born 1963 in Munich. Initially trained as an architectural model builder, he subsequently studied film at the University of Film and Television, as well as art history and philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, where he earned his degree in 2003. Lachenmann completed a post-graduate degree at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne under the guidance of Jürgen Klauke, VALIE EXPORT and Marcel Odenbach.
Lachenmann’s conceptual-art practice is characterized by a focus on the conditions in which collective images are generated and their function as well as confrontations, voids and fractures in society.
Solo and group exhibitions include: the Shanghai Biennale (2004); Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2004); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2006); K21 – Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2008); Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2010); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2011); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2013); Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2013); and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2015). Lachenmann’s films have been screened at film festivals including: MIT Short Film Festival, Boston (2008); IFFR Rotterdam (2009); SFIFF San Francisco International Film Festival (2010); NYFF New York (2010); and HKIFF Hong Kong (2011). Grants and Fellowships include: Villa Massimo, Rome (2012); Kunstfonds (2010, 2007); Cité des Arts, Paris (2008); EHF-Fellowship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (2005); Villa Aurora, Los Angeles (2003); and DAAD New York (1998). Lachenmann works in Berlin and Los Angeles.
Peggy Buth was born 1971 in Berlin. She studied photography and art at the Academy for Visual Arts, Leipzig, where she earned a degree in 2002 under the guidance of Professors Astrid Klein and Beatrice von Bismarck. Buth was awarded a Fellowship at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht from 2004–2005, where she began her work cycle Desire in Representation.
In her artistic work, Buth is neither fixed on a particular medium nor on a narrow artistic concept. She instead explores the representational systems of art, literature, politics, history, and science, with an emphasis on what is being repressed and what unintentionally comes to light in these spheres. In so doing she employs the media of photography and video, uses tar, shellac, or carpet in creating her pictures, works with found materials, language, and sound, produces objects, sculptures, and installations.
Solo exhibitions include: Exhibition Research Centre, Liverpool John Moores University (2013); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Parc Saint Léger (2011); and Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2009). Peggy Buth’s work has been shown in group exhibitions, including: Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main (2013); K21 – Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2012); Bétonsalon, Paris (2011); and the Brussels Biennial (2008).
Buth has received numerous grants, including a scholarship for Contemporary German Photography from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, Museum Folkwang, Essen (2014–2015); ISCP residency fellowship Brooklyn, New York (2014); the Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn (2013); and a residency fellowship at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2012). Peggy Buth lives and works in Berlin.
Michael Just was born 1979 in Frankfurt am Main. He earned his master’s degree at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf in 2007, as a master student of Professor Daniel Buren, and subsequently studied at Goldsmiths College in London until 2009. From 2010-2011, he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York. He currently lives and works in Berlin.
Just’s interdisciplinary artistic work focuses on the historical construction of subjectivity as well as the physical and ideological manifestations of history and social structures.
He has presented his work in numerous solo exhibitions including: SOUTERRAIN, Berlin (2008); KNPZ, Hamburg (2008); Galerie Schmidt & Handrup, Cologne (2010); Artisanal House, New York (2013) and Cydonia, Dallas (2015). Group exhibitions include: Benaki Museum, Athens (2005); Domaine Pommery, Reims (2007); Indianapolis Museum of Art (2007); KIT – Kunst im Tunnel, Dusseldorf (2008); A Foundation, London (2009); Cornerhouse, Manchester (2009); Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (2010) and EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin (2014). Michael Just received the Deutsche Bank Förderpreis für Skulptur, Dusseldorf in 2005, and the EHF-Fellowship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in 2007.