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Menno Aden

Berlin, Germany

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Conceptual art, Photography, Video • Born in Weener, Germany • Studied at Bremen, Germany
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A Model Existence

Menno Aden is interested in the influence of architecture and design on spaces and the people who inhabit them. The artist explores both the exteriors and interiors, rearranges images of each into grids and panel mosaics, or occasionally transposes them into video works.

Through challenging camera angles Menno Aden abstracts most familiar actual living environments and public interiors into flattened two-dimensional scale models...

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Menno Aden is interested in the influence of architecture and design on spaces and the people who inhabit them. The artist explores both the exteriors and interiors, rearranges images of each into grids and panel mosaics, or occasionally transposes them into video works.

Through challenging camera angles Menno Aden abstracts most familiar actual living environments and public interiors into flattened two-dimensional scale models by stitching together 10 to 1,000 images taken by remote control. The technique is akin to removing the ceiling or the floor and replacing it with a scanner. The resulting images lay out space in symmetrical compositions that look like assemblages stripped off any kind of objectivity. They reveal the way the (absent) inhabitants exist in their enclosed spaces. The views into private homes and secret retreats bring up associations of the ubiquitous observation camera. The notion of surveillance is systematically played out by the artist to hint at society’s voyeuristic urge that popular culture has made mainstream.

Untitled (Corner Shop II) 120 x 100 cm (47 x 39

Untitled (Corner Shop II) 120 x 100 cm (47 x 39"), 2011

Untitled (GS II), 70 x 50cm, 2006

Untitled (GS II), 70 x 50cm, 2006

Untitled (GS I), 70 x 50cm, 2006

Untitled (GS I), 70 x 50cm, 2006

Untitled (Anonymous I), 102 x 80cm, 2008

Untitled (Anonymous I), 102 x 80cm, 2008

Lab, 261 x 149 cm, 2012/2013

Lab, 261 x 149 cm, 2012/2013

Untitled (OH21), 2015

Untitled (OH21), 2015

Untitled (Over Head 21), 2015

Untitled (Over Head 21), 2015

Untitled (OH 12), 2015

Untitled (OH 12), 2015

Untitled (Subway), 2010

Untitled (Subway), 2010

Untitled (Basement Garage II), 110 x 110cm, 2011

Untitled (Basement Garage II), 110 x 110cm, 2011

Untitled (Box IV - VII), 2014

Untitled (Box IV - VII), 2014

Galeria Deak Budapest 2012

Galeria Deak Budapest 2012

Untitled (Home - Guest) from the series Composition

Untitled (Home - Guest) from the series Composition

Kunstraum Potsdam, 2017

Kunstraum Potsdam, 2017

Untitled (Composition 04/05), 2017

Untitled (Composition 04/05), 2017

Untitled (Composition 20/21), 2017

Untitled (Composition 20/21), 2017

About Photographer Menno Aden (Deutsche Welle TV, 2011)

Aden takes pictures of rooms that makes it look like he's shooting from the ceiling. The Berlin photographer uses a monopod and takes pictures of the same room from various angles and then re-works them on his computer. His projects include doctors' offices, elevators, and cars from above-ground rail systems.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2017

"Open Source - Installation by Menno Aden". Curated by Stefanie Seidl. Berlin-Weekly, Berlin

"Menno Aden: Komposition". Curated by Mike Gessner. Kunstraum Potsdam (w/ Harf Zimmermann)

2016

„Over Head II“ Former US-Headquarter, Berlin-Dahlem

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GROUP

2017

"Keep Your Eyes Peeled". Menno Aden, Birgit Krause, Werner Mahler, Darwin Meckel, Sinta Werner et al. Curated by Sarah Strassmann. aff-Galerie, Berlin

2016

„Berlin Raum Radar - Neue Architekturfotografie“, Neue West, curated by Nadine Barth, Berlin

2015

„European Video Art“, College of Fine Art Ladkrabang, Bangkok University, Chiang Mai University

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GALLERIES

Galerie Schuster, Berlin

Galeria Deak Erika, Budapest

La Tour De Villers, Cannes

AWARDS

2016 Cern Collide International Award (shortlist)

2013 International Photography Awards 2013, Los Angeles (Fine Art: 3rd Price, Architecture: 1st Prize)

2013 Deutscher Preis für Wissenschaftsfotografie (German Award Science Photography), Bremen (1st Prize)

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