Art Cologne’s New Positions section is the fair’s international sponsorship programme for young, innovative artists, supported by the German Federal Government, Koelnmesse – the Fair organizers – and the Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien und Kunsthändler (BVDG). This year’s selection panel had chosen 21 young positions, each of whom was allocated an additional 25 square metre area in the stands of the galleries representing them. One of them is Alex Lebus, a young Berlin-based artist represented by Galerie Eigen + Art (Berlin; Leipzig). At Art Cologne, she chose to show a selection of works that use mirrors as the main material. In this video, Anne Schwanz (Senior Director, Galerie Eigen + Art) provides us with a short introduction to the artist’s work, and Alex Lebus talks about her installation at Art Cologne and her work in general (in German language).
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Text from the gallery’s website:
The central theme of the works of Alex Lebus (born in 1980 in Magdeburg, lives and works in Berlin) is the human being as an individual in his search for identity and in his alienation from himself as a result of external manipulation. Alex Lebus places mediating words and signs on mirrors, windows, and surfaces. The result is an interplay of levels – front and back, undistorted and backward, truth and lie, appearance and being.