Galerie Kornfeld is pleased to present the works of Tammam Azzam and Jonas Englert in the duo exhibition “Fragments”. Both artists dwell on the rebuild or the re-contextualisation of political moments through history.
The exhibition challenges the way political decisions are made and the outcome of them. How these settlements, arrangements, threats, treaties and agreements take place and how they are definitive in the change of history, how they impact not only the current population but generations to come, and to question the authenticity of the diplomatic gestures that lead to defining moments in our times.
Through both artists exhibited we can sense how society deals with political agreements, disagreements and decisions being done. In Englert’s work we see this through fragments of video compositions showcasing the diplomacy of political gestures whereas in Azzam’s work we see this through large-scale paper collages that depict the broken end result of a conflict or dispute.
About the artists
Born 1980 in Damascus, Syria
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Tammam Azzam received his artistic training from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Damascus. Following the Syrian Civil War, he relocated to Dubai where he began working in digital photomontages. In 2016 Azzam moved to Germany, with a residency at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Delmenhorst. In Delmenhorst and later in Berlin the artist began exploring a new technique in paper-collage alongside his paintings. His fragmented compositions highlight the physical remnants of conflict and showcase the importance to rebuild and create from destruction.
Born 1989 in Friedberg, Germany
Lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany
Jonas Englert’s works reflect social-philosophical phenomena and both political and historical narratives and materials through the formats of video, diagram, text, and sound. Sometimes using found footage or own visual recordings, his work explores the in-between fiction and documentation, focusing on the human being as both an individual and in a societal context.