Photographic and installative: exhibition by students at the Kunsthafen in Cologne
With works by Javkhlan Ariunbold, Victor Beger, Caroline Brünen, Cédric Ernoult + Giorgi Gedevanidze, Kristina Lenz + Alex Simon Klug, Clara Kulemeyer, Soojin Ok.
The artistic positions of the exhibition "The End / Not the End?" reflect on the ongoing destruction of our planet and the resulting need for action. They question artificial intelligences about the future of the world, they find new, haptic images for the dying of ecosystems, which are essential for the planetary balance. Their works address illegal waste disposal as well as the effects of coal mining or the permanent pollution of rivers by water use in large cities in Germany.
They also impressively visualize the influence our consumer behavior has on regions of other continents, be it the hunting of protected animals in Mongolia or the mining of lithium in Argentina. The images produced by the artists also serve as an emotional wake-up call that a rapid response to the climate crisis is possible and necessary.
Soojin Ok (*1988) studied Industrial Design in Seoul National University of Science and Technology 2007-2012 and Photography in Hochschule der bildenden Künste Essen 2015- 2017. Since 2017 she has been studying Media Arts at the KHM in Cologne. She tries to understand the abstract meaning of time through artistic research and visualise it. Her works are mostly presented as a form of photography and installation art, enhanced with sound, video and digital media.
Javkhlan Ariunbold lives and works in Cologne and Düsseldorf. She studied at the Kunstakademie Münster and since 2020 at the KHM. Her artistic approach is based on the experience of two cultural spaces, that of her Central Asian homeland and that of the West. Her works are about legends and myths in the nomadic culture of Mongolia and their relationship to nature.
Cédric Ernoult (*1989 in Richmond, Indiana (USA)), from 2009 to 2011, he completed his education as a cutter at the MJM School of Audiovisual Design in Rennes. At FH-Dortmund, he studied Design Media Communication with a focus on film from 2011-2017. There he concentrated on directing and graduated with his film Le grand Jeté, before taking up studies at the KHM. He graduated in spring 2022 with his final film Le Métèque.
Giorgi Gedevanidze (*1992) is a student in Media and Fine Art at the KHM for the 11-Semester Diploma I with a focus on film and art. 2x nominated for the BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER 2018 and 2017. His short documentary ''OMA'' was nominated for the Tbilisi International Film Festival and WOHN(T)RAUM - Preis 2018.
Victor Beger is a student at the KHM in Cologne. His work deals with the effects of the Anthropocene on our environment and the space that surrounds us.
Clara Kulemeyer studied design in Buenos Aires and from 2021 eXmedia at the KHM. Her work has been shown at KunstWerk Cologne, Aurora Cultural Centre in Mendoza, Argentina and in Cluj, Romania, among others. Her artistic approach deals with installative audiovisual works, she creates hybrid scenarios that reflect current dissonances. She lives and works in Cologne.
Kristina Lenz (*1992), 2013 - 2018 Study of photography at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Since 2019 in the postgraduate diploma programme in Media Arts at the KHM. Since 2020 research assistant with Prof. Dr. Fatima Kastner in the field of globalisation discourses and digital transformation. Kristina Lenz lives and works in Cologne.
Alex Simon Klug (*1991), 2012-2017 Study of fine arts (time-related media) with Prof. Jeanne Faust at the HfbK Hamburg. Since 2018 in the postgraduate diploma programme in Media Arts at the KHM in Cologne with Prof. Hans W. Koch and Prof. Beate Gütschow, among others. Since 2010 artistic assistant to Karin Sander and Achim Mohné, among others. Alex Simon Klug lives and works in Cologne.
Caroline Brünen studied Regional Studies Latin America in Cologne and Mexico City before beginning her studies in Media Arts at the KHM in 2017. Here she studies artistic photography with Prof. Beate Gütschow and Alex Grein. Her photographic works are documentary in nature and deal with photography in interplay with text. A recurring motif in her projects is the dialogue with her protagonists, inner conversations or the direct personal reference to objects. In this way, she makes her role as a photographer and her subjective view visible.