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Alexander Glandien

Born in 1982 in Schwerin, Germany
Lives in Linz

Conspiracy Dwellings. 2011. Veneer, black board varnish, pencil. Courtesy of the artist

Conspiracy Dwellings is a series of drawings showing views of conspiratorial interiors on repainted veneer wood. The conspiratorial flats of the former Ministry of State Security (Stasi) of the German Democratic Republic form the starting point of this series. The flats served as meeting places for unofficial employees and spies to convene with their leadership officers. Embedded in the everyday life of the informants, an apparently relaxed and homelike atmosphere was generated for the purposes of betrayal and denunciation. This series of drawings deals with the ambivalence of these abysmal secrets. The rooms depicted in these drawings change according to viewing angle and, thereby, they elude a final perception. The installation Spy with Birch uses the aluminium slats of a customary blind as a carrier material for the visualization of spying pictures photographed by the Ministry of State Security (Stasi) of the former German Democratic Republic.

Alexander Glandien

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.