neimënster

neimënster

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Tél: (+352) 26 20 52 1 Lu - Ven: 8h00 - 19h00 Sam - Dim: 10h00 - 18h00

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Particles: photography by Boris Loder

In the field of literature, identity as a container is a well-established notion. My ongoing series Particles transforms this concept into a study of sculptural photography, which questions social and geographical identities.
Instead of representing the location in a wide-angle photograph, the cubes provide a close insight into the place’s character in a densely compressed form. The strict and standardised form with a clean background allows for a level of comparison between the portrayed places. To create the shape, the objects are compressed into acrylic glass cubes that were designed to be put over artefacts in museums. Here they are used to preserve modern-day urban artefacts, making them subjects of archaeological research in the age of the Anthropocene.
On location, these particles are usually so widespread they become unnoticeable. Yet, they tell a given place’s story by means of its organic or inorganic materialism, or traces of consumption and different forms of usage, which often contrast the place’s original purpose.
Although the series can be seen from an environmentalist point of view, the focus lies on its socio-geographical aspect, in that it challenges given images we have of specific locations.
Be it drug utensils on a playground, fast food on a sports field, condoms next to a church, or a junkie squat near a prestigious bank – the contrasts between what a place was meant for, how it is being used, and the preconception people have of it is striking at times, whereas certain stereotypes might as well be confirmed.

Fake I Real Me: Corinne Mariaud

In her latest series “Fake I Real me”, Corinne Mariaud photographed 23 young women who incarnate an ideal image, and symbolize a generation consumed by the desire to possess a “perfect” body. These young women and young men young who have opted for an androgynous appearance have been doing everything since adolescence to obtain a utopian physics: through makeup they transform their faces using contouring and highlighting techniques to reshape the nose, create cheekbones, illuminate their complexions… and even undergo cosmetic surgery.
Corinne Mariaud chose her models in Singapore and Korea because this obsession with an “ideal” appearance is there pushed to the extreme. « In Seoul, South Korea, the pursuit of perfection is becoming the ultimate goal. Young women place physical beauty among the most important things in their lives”, says the artist.

Pierre Coulibeuf: The Warriors of Beauty

Avant-garde filmmaker and visual artist Pierre Coulibeuf develops a cross-disciplinary project: he makes experimental fictions that invest the sphere of art and in which changes of identity affect the universes and artists inspiring his works. His films shot on Super 16 or 35mm were shown at major international film festivals such as Locarno or Rotterdam, as well as, recomposed, in the form of video-photo installations in museums all over the world.
The Warriors of Beauty is a rewriting of Jan Fabre’s theatrical world inside a film genre: a fantasy whose characters are individuals devoting themselves to strange, absurd rituals (are they madmen?) inside a labyrinth of walls (is it an asylum?). These rituals are rendered by constant, never-ending choreographic movements. ‘Don’t madmen ever get tired, then?’, says a character (Ariane in a wedding gown).
The film work is a reinterpretation of Jan Fabre’s world; it is a projection into another dimension, fictional, another world, enigmatic, based on a Greek myth. The film work is not an imitation, the copy of an original in the sense of a simple reproduction guaranteed by resemblance. The work is a simulacrum: it removes an essential element from the universe that inspires it and repeats it endlessly.
Moreover, supplementing the installation, there are eight film stills that isolate and crystallise several significant sequences of the film. As happens in other Coulibeuf works, the confrontation—within as well as outside the film (the exhibition space)—between the cinematographic and the photographic constitutes a moment of reflection on the in-between, or else on the transition from one medium to another (here, theatre, cinema and photography), which gives rise to a more complex philosophical question on the relationship between immobility and movement, existence and destiny.
The moving bodies based on Jan Fabre’s theatrical creations embody a fantastic fiction, the narrative is a loop : no beginning, no end.

L’Autre-Portrait & Embody – Cristina Dias de Magalhães

Cristina Dias de Magalhães presents in the Chapel of Neumünster Abbey the series L’autre-portrait and Embody, the result of a photographic and philosophical quest on the hidden side of our identity and body.
L’autre-portrait confronts the observer with the faceless portrait. Each model expresses in its own way the hidden side of his identity through the view of his back, facing his intimate desires, runaway feelings or hidden scars. The result illustrates the mediation between visual harmony and inner torment. The artist thus challenges the observer on the entirety of the human being in a perpetual trade-off between what we express and reveal, what we silence and eventually forget. 
In Embody the artist wanders through space and time to make the body and its environment visually and emotionally interact. By superimposing her self-portraits of the back on interiors and exteriors selected from her own archives, she re-connects with the emotions experienced in these places and their after-effects. The places inhabited by this ephemeral presence transform into a reverberation of a period of life, speaking of the artist’s origins, the discovery of her body, her emancipation, the desire to seduce, and finally the becoming a woman.

Regards sans limites / Blick ohne Grenzen

Looking beyond borders / Blicke ohne Grenzen
Artists: Florian Glaubitz, Thilo Seidel, Sylvie Felgueiras
The exhibition is part of the Creation Grant for Young Photography in the Greater Transborder Region (Lorraine, Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Wallonia)
Thilo Seidel, laureate of the Robert Schuman Art Prize, is an artist who questions the image by deconstructing photographic and videographic techniques and approaches.
Through a conceptual approach and a particular sense of graphic design and form, Florian Glaubitz creates photographs that challenge the viewer by unusual situations.
While Sylvie Felgueiras’ photographic experimentation is often the objective of a confrontation with human nature and interior space in a dialogue “blurred” with the viewer.