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Diana Artus is a Berlin based artist working with photography and found footage material, especially with old photo novel magazines. She finished her studies of Photography and Visual Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig with a Master Class degree in 2010 after already having studied German Literature and Language at the University of Leipzig. Diana Artus received several grants, amongst others an artist working grant awarded by the Cultural Foundation of Saxony/Germany in 2012 and a travel grant awarded by the Senate of Berlin in 2015. She was artist in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York in 2008 and at Hangar Barcelona in 2004.
Her works are shown internationally, including Galerie Raum mit Licht (Vienna), deuxpiece (Basel), Fabra i Coats Center of Contemporary Art (Barcelona), Bethanien (Berlin), Galerie Alexander Levy (Berlin), Kunsthaus Galapagos (New York), Galerie Metro (Berlin), Lage Egal (Berlin).
Big Eddie and little Eddie, 2013
Mexico City Verso, 2013
Mexico City Verso, 2013
A city as a public space fulfills plenty of demands. Buildings tell stories of ever-changing uses, functions, architectural styles or materials.
These aspects visually express societal human values which alter over generations.
The appearance of a city reveals this process; edifices decay, are demolished, knocked down, or restored. Façades are scratched with graffiti or carefully remodeled.
The process of a city’s transformation resembles the individual recollection process. Our memories change. Our attitudes change.
Our self-created surrounds visually reflect these alterations.
The artist Diana Artus detects urban and mundane sites that symbolize the relationship humans have with their self-created surroundings.
She deals with the current state of cities but also abandons her own contemporary perspective to trace back to architectural witnesses of former times.
She examines different cultural contexts by traveling to many cities around the globe―Berlin, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, New York, Toronto or Seoul.
There she photographs specific architectural sites that visually epitomize the changes.
Printed out, the works undergo crucial analog physical treatment which is often not fully comprehensible in the final work.
Some photographed buildings seemingly collapse in their frames. The artist repeats the process of cities’ architectural change.
With the process of photographing architectural sites as a symbol of agreed concurrences and then remodeling their visual appearance, Diana Artus creates a new version of the cityscapes to point to the gap between individual and societal processes of recollection and memory.