STASI - SIMON MENNER
Exhibitions, 5 - 31 August 2019
HIN BUS DEPOT
31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town,Penang
While surveillance is understood as something closely connected to the visual realm, very few images , that show surveillance from the perspective of the surveillant ever become public. In other words: if it is true that Big Brother is watching us, what does he actually see? Over the course of roughly four years, I was able to look into precisely this question by accessing the archives, left by communist East Germany’s notorious secret police, Stasi. Maybe these images can reveal something about the state of mind that drives these organizations. But we need to be careful. Some of these images might seem absurd and funny, yet the system they represent, managed to ruin lives, tear families apart, and was responsible for the imprisonment and torture of thousands of innocent people.
Simon Menner, born 1978 in Germany, earned an MFA (2007) from the Universität der Künste Berlin, as a student of Stan Douglas. He has spent time as a student at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. Menner has exhibited his work in photography internationally and amongst other venues, participated in solo and group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Anchorage Museum, CO Berlin, Museum for Photography Berlin, NRW Forum Düsseldorf, Benaki Museum Athens, Bauhaus Museum Weimar, Zephyr Mannheim, Galeria Bunkier Sztuki Krakow, and the Biennale de Lubumbashi. His work was featured widely by Arte, the Guardian, Der Spiegel, BBC, New York Times, The Independent, CNN, Frieze, Vice, Wired and many others.
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