In the exhibition ‘Privacy Please’ both artists explore the concept of private spaces.
Gröning’s photographs capture uncanny, secret moments in the lives of her subjects. In the work ‘Nacht’ an unidentified arm tightly hugs a tree in the middle of the woods. The brightly lit tree and arm within the surrounding darkness is reminiscent of a scene from a David Lynch film, humorous but unsettling.
Other surreal moments include a head caught in a turtleneck sweater ‘Rollkragen’, a figure hiding underneath a jacket in a corner ‘Schwimmbad’ or someone crouching in a small suitcase ‘Koffer’. They suggest unguarded, unaware times, silly and child-like.
Often, Gröning uses herself as a model, but these photos should not be considered self-portraits. She almost always intentionally erases gender and age in her staging, giving universality to her photographs.
Gröning, Schwimmbad, 2020, C-Print, 70 x 90 cm
Nouza’s large-scale paintings, for example, ‘Sisterhood’, are of quiet moments between women – private, non-sexualized encounters rarely given attention in the artworld. Nouza’s ouvre extends beyond these private interiors to include small, jewel-like paintings of animals, based on images captured at night by infra-red cameras. In her work ‘The Wood’, the animals appear shocked by our presence, preferring the privacy of the dark night to our prying eyes and the bright flash.
Nouza’s paintings often begin with photographs, occasionally taken by herself, more often found online or old postcards. She prefers working from a quick snapshot to long sessions of sketching her models. After working in painting restoration, a task requiring precision and control, Nouza now likes to allow for the unexpected to occur during painting, to avoid photo realistic perfection.
Nouza, The Wood 4, 2019 Oil on wood, 15 x 20 cm
Julia Gröning was born in Mönchengladbach in 1980. She studied fine arts at the Kunstakademie Münster and was a Meisterschülerin (Master class) of Professor Daniele Buetti. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Germany and abroad. This is her first exhibition in Berlin, where she lives and works.
Marie-Charlotte Nouza was born in 1989 in Alès, France. She attended the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Montpellier, France where she studied painting.
Nouza has shown in many group and solo exhibitions in France and Berlin, as well exhibiting in the United States and Turkey. Nouza lives and works in Berlin.
About the Andreas Reinsch Project:
The Andreas Reinsch Project is a gallery space co-habitating a hair salon. Founded by the art lover, collector and hairdresser Andreas Reinsch. The gallery showcases national and international artists with a focus on contemporary art. Please follow our web page or Facebook for updates about upcoming exhibitions and events. You are welcome to join us during our vernissages and opening hours. The entry is always free.
Exhibitions are curated by Suzy Royal.
About the Curator:
Suzy Royal is an independent curator and art consultant based in Berlin. She holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute in London and a Phd from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, both in art history.
With her international experience in museums such as the Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, auction houses, academia, galleries, as well as a non-profit art foundation, she has a deep understanding of the art world and the industry behind it.
Most recently, in collaboration with the Berlin-based Enter Art Foundation, she curated numerous successful exhibitions, in Germany and Europe, scouting and exhibiting over 300 emerging and mid-career artists from all over the world.