ALEXANDRA VOGT, LOVE, 2013
ALEXANDRA VOGT, LOVE, 2013
ALEXANDRA VOGT, UNTITLED, 2006
Courtesy Galerie Jordanow, München
Interview: Alexandra Vogt
Alexandra Vogt, a german multi-media artist, with a fascination for animals is partaking in a group exhibition opening tonight at The Alfred Erhardt Stiftung in Berlin. “WILD - Animals in Contemporary Photography” presents 70 works by more than 35 artistic photographers showing the rich spectrum of our relationship to animals: closeness and distance as well as heartfelt friendship and material exploitation. Vogt’s work is extremely complex and moves in a wide range of photography, drawing, collage, painting and video.
HOW DID YOUR ARTISTIC PATH LEAD YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
At first – the decision to study art was an escape from everything else. After that I had to follow my very own strange path, which led me out of the cities, where I used to live (London, Glasgow and LA) into Exile – 14 years ago. I found a former industrial milk factory and started to collect horses and take pictures of them. Living an every day life with them made me stay segregated and I became their servant. Life and work became one.
My work always had the quality of a diary, but over the years it became more and more obvious that I cannot „invent“ something, I only have to follow my intuitions.
FROM WHERE DOES YOUR FASCINATION WITH HORSES ORIGIN?
I guess it is genetic, maybe it has something to do with the mother, like in Hitchcock’s „Marnie“. It is probably the identification with the escape animal as well.
HOW IS YOUR CREATION PROCESS? FROM IDEA TO FINISHED PIECE OF ART
I cannot say my work is about ideas. I “work on my own behalf“, without aiming to an audience (at first) or towards an exhibition. I need to do certain things. It can take quite a long time until I start throwing myself into a project. If a certain idea does not go away for years, sooner or later I need to go for it, so that it is done. But it can take years until I start it. But there is actually one thing I finally want to do exclusively: paint. Using Photography and Video always were side projects with a beginning and an end, painting is something I want to explore more and neverending.
YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK AS AESTHETHIC BUT ALSO IRRITATING, CAN YOU EXPLAIN ?
I love beauty, natural beauty, like my horses represent… they were bred to be „show horses“, win prices for their beautiful faces. With me they can be „wild“, be outside day and night, run around ect. disfunctional. Be themselfes. That is almost impossible in a cultural context – if you are not an artist… but also then you are normally not free, but ruled by all kinds of forces. My work is always ambivalent, in between something, tending towards the dark. Beautiful surface that does not keep the promise… surreal, absurd but also humurous and a bit self ironic …One of my first video works was me smoking and brushing teeth at the same time. The condition in that video goes through all of my work.
Alexandra Vogt is partaking in the group exhibition “WILD – Animals in Contemporary Photography,” opening tonight at The Alfred Erhardt Stiftung in Berlin.
The photographs demonstrate to what extent humans identify with animals, collecting them as trophies or processing them as food. The different artistic approaches and visual languages vary, sometimes dramatic, sometimes playful and ironic. Ultimately, the exhibition causes us to ask ourselves how “wild” animals truly are today. Responding with a combination of fear and fascination, pity and horror, we recall that we ourselves are only part of the great mosaic of mother nature, playing our roles in the endless drama of being born, dying, acting as the eaters or the eaten.
The exhibition is curated by: Dr. Matthias Harder
Other participating artists: Subhankar Banerjee, Katja Bilo, Nadine Blanke, Ursula Böhmer, Thorsten Brinkmann, Franck Christen, Amin El Dib, Sinje Dillenkofer, Daniel und Geo Fuchs, Mishka Henner, Kai Olaf Hesse, Dieter Hinrichs, Birgit Kleber, Martin Klimas, Ingar Krauss, Silke Krüger, Andrei Liankevich, Carina Linge, Vera Mercer, Ralf Meyer, Thilo Mokros, Bernhard Moosbauer, Stefan Moses, Dan Nelken, Pierpaolo Pagano, Marc Peschke, Romana Prinoth, Christiana Protto, Ria Patricia Röder, Arno Schidlowski, Alnis Stakle, Bernd Telle, Jens Ullrich, Alexandra Vogt, Marc Volk, Sascha Weidner, Tina Winkhaus, Harf Zimmermann.
Exhibition will be on view until Sep 14, 2014
Alfred Erhardt Stiftung
August Strasse 75