Klein’s large-scale black and white photoworks, collages, paintings and neon sculptures explore identity, politics and human tragedy. A reflection on mechanisms of representation, stereotypes and the power structures which guide and determine both our perception and our thinking, Klein seeks to reveal and achieve new meaning for superficial representation in the media by removing her images from their accepted contexts.
Reflecting her wide-ranging interests in literature, film, philosophy, perception theory and neuroscience, Astrid Klein’s artworks open up aesthetic and intellectual realms for viewers to experience and explore. Stylistically inspired by the Nouvelle Vague film movement in France, Klein’s earlier works deal particularly with the representation of women in mainstream media, as well as film stars and political factions such as the Baader-Meinhof Group. The artist went on to develop a subtle, abstract approach in the 1980s, creating a complex relationship between the word and image through the manipulation of the photograph.
Astrid Klein lives and works in Cologne. She has had numerous major solo exhibition at museums such as the Sammlung Falckenberg at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg-Harbug, the Renaissance Society in Chicago, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin and the ICA in London. Her works have been featured in prestigious group exhibitions including the Sharjah Biennial 14, the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, documenta 8 and the 42nd Venice Biennale. Klein has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Käthe Kollwitz Prize and the BDI Award for Designed Spaces.
The exhibition is curated by Amelie von Wedel and Pernilla Holmes from Wedel Art, with a special thanks to Spruth Magers gallery for their collaboration.