In the group exposition 'Calm before storm' current social developments are examined from different perspectives. For the main part the 4 artists show very personal works, in which they deal with questions on tradition and origin, but also focus on the Zeitgeist aspect. On a second look social, cultural and political coherences become evident and draw a distinctive picture of our time. The works are characterized by a pointed emphasis on the conditions of our society and the feeling of facing an inevitable future. Although neither solutions nor forecasts are presented, the artists' positions are still optimistic and confident.



Edgar Leciejewski (*1977) based in Leipzig. His work explores topics of time and reality. The series "ghosts and flowers" shows passers-by in New York who the artist has found on Google Street View. Thus not only touching on the question of author and original but highlighting the desintegration of privacy and publicity. Leciejewski's sculpture-like portraits bring out many aspects of the human, the city, social life and norms – in spite of their anonymity.

 

Viron Erol Vert (*1975) based in Berlin and Istanbul. The artist recurringly focuses on questions about identity and origin. The piece „Platonic Body 1“, a work of traditional craftsmanship and traditional materials, points to epochs of the past and poses a link to the present. The comprised conflict with the artist's own biography makes this a very personal piece, with a reference to cultural braking points of modern society. 

 

Cristina Moreno García (*1985) based in Berlin. Her video work "the return of the shepherd" originates from a recent journey through the Pyrennean mountains. The dreamy, poetic atmosphere conveyed in this piece offers a stark contrast to the social situation of the Spanish youth. García evokes memories of a time not long ago, which now seems like an alternative to forced migration for Europe's hopeless young.

 

Ronny Szillo (*1978) based in Leipzig. Mechanics of the media in a post-digital world are at the center of his works. Szillo moves through the conflict zone between the analogue and the digital sphere, mixing and clashing values and believes of the contemporary. In light of the Zeitgeist the observer is confronted with questions about belonging, identity and authecity.