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Anderswo: "Tapete II"

Anderswo: "Tapete II", 2001 - Natalie Czech

about this work

This edition is part of a photographic series that was produced and shown as part of the last exhibition at the NAK's old space - before moving to its current location in the city park. The last exhibition at the Rudolfstraße appropriatelt dealt with abandonned architecture. 

Natalie Czech's Anderswo shows a series of abandoned houses in the coal mining area of Garzweiler II. In a book about her work, her former teacher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf Thomas Ruff writes: "Once inhabited houses with manicured gardens are abandoned, dilapidated and show clear traces of destruction. Like a detective, Natalie Czech wanders through these buildings and captures the mortal remains of the inhabitants and their domestic life. The viewer tries to reconstruct the rooms and imagine its former inhabitants, envisioning once spent lives whose veracity can never be verified. More then documenting a life lived, these photographs are a mirror of the viewer's own memories."



about Natalie Czech

In her work, Natalie Czech examines the relationship between text and image, whereby the former becomes the latter and vice versa. Suspended between the visual and the literary, she looks at how words evoke and interpret images, while also investigating questions of authorship, subjectivity, documentation, and contextualization. Some of her projects stage interactions with writers from the past and present (e.g. Marinetti and the Italian Futurists, Frank O’Hara, Jack Kerouac, etc.), while others contemplate forms of the digital and mass-produced fashion in a photographic register.

Natalie Czech has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kunstverein Hamburg; and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf. Her work has also been shown in several group exhibitions at venues such as MoMA, New York; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; and Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach. Her work is present in many important public and private collections, including MoMA, New York; Pinakothek der Moderne, München; and Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach.

Natalie Czech is represented by the following galleries;
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Galerie Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf

Capitain Petzel, Berlin

You can find more works by Natalie Czech on her own website.

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