ADDRESSING PROPAGANDA : SIMON MENNER
© SIMON MENNER
Our perception has become the central battlefield of the 21st century. This explains, why my mother gets scared when a terror attack takes place, let’s say, on the subway in London. My mother has never been on a subway, nor has she ever been in London. Yet she thinks she knows what these things are and she seems certain that the threat might be aimed at her directly. That is the magic of propaganda.
In a time of social media, apparently everyone has the power of becoming a propagandist – sometimes even without being aware. Artists, photographers, designers, we need to act as experts in visual culture, trying to make sense of these developments. I am deeply fascinated by the mechanisms at play here and over the years my work keeps circling around these issues. There are a number of projects I want to show and discuss, but I also want to talk about the inherent dangers in addressing certain topics and even the problems I am having with my own works
Simon Menner earned a Diploma and subsequently an MFA from the Universität der Künste Berlin, in both cases 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 in the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Anchorage Museum, CO Berlin, Museum for Photography Berlin, NRW Forum Düsseldorf, Benaki Museum Athens, Bauhaus Museum Weimar, Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej Krakow and the Biennale de Lubumbashi. His work was featured widely by the Guardian, Der Spiegel, BBC, New York Times, The Independent, CNN, Frieze, Vice, Wired and many others. He is an appointed member of the German Photographic Association.
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