Mika Schwarz

19/03/22 — 17/04/22 Eröffnung: 18/03/2022, 19 Uhr

Mika Schwarz, Knittelfeld (Hnȗtilo freimütig, Chnutil Knüppel), analogue b/w prints, photographs ca. 2004



Mika Schwarz, geboren 1986 in Österreich, lebt und arbeitet in Berlin. Sie erhielt ihr Diplom an der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig im Jahr 2016 bei Prof. Peter Piller und ihren Meisterschüler*Innen-Abschluss im Jahr 2019 bei Prof. Heidi Specker.

Für ihre aus Fotografien, Installationen und Objekten bestehende künstlerische Praxis, entwickelte sie, begleitet von intensiver Recherche zu Archäologie, Medientheorie und historischen Positionen in der Forschung, eine Arbeits- und Sprachwelt der Gegenwartsarchäologie. Sie erforscht und bearbeitet visuelle Phänomene, die sich unter anderem auf Alltags- und Gebrauchsgegenständen zeigen, auf multidisziplinäre Weise.

Ihre Arbeiten waren u. a. in der Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst – GfZK Leipzig 2019, am Goethe Institut Paris 2020 / Tel Aviv 2014, bei der Art Future Biennale in Riga, in der Galerie KUB Leipzig, sowie der Galerie Sprechsaal und dem Ausstellungsraum KuLe in Berlin zu sehen. Seit 2021 führt sie Lehraufträge für bildende Kunst an der TU Berlin aus. 



Mika Schwarz, exhibition view



Mika Schwarz received her diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig in 2016 with Prof. Peter Piller and her Meisterschülerinnen degree in 2019 with Prof. Heidi Specker. She completed one semester of visual arts each at the Accademia di Belle Arti Napoli and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

In her artistic practice, she combines photographs, text, objects and videos to form autonomous systems and fictitious surveying techniques within her spacial installations. She examines artifacts of everyday life and its associated objects and commodities for their social relationships, accompanied by research into sub-areas of archeology and media theory. Schwarz is aiming to explore and enhance forms of dialogue between individuals als well as forms of orienting within, coping with and transforming preexisting systems.

In 2020 she received a stipend for visual artists by Kunstfonds Bonn (Neustart) and in 2021 stipends by VG Bild-Kunst (Neustart) and Berliner Senat. She is currently a lecturer for visual arts at TU Berlin. Shows include Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst – GfZK Leipzig, Goethe Institut Paris and the Art Future Biennale Riga. 





















Mika Schwarz, Sarabande, Aluminum potassium sulfate (doorhandle), variable size, 2022



What happens when time does not hold still? When it can no longer be ordered chronologically, but is layered on top of each other in such a way that new time forms emerge?
    MAGNA MAGMA shows photographs from Mika Schwarz’ archive. On wooden panels stained in different colors, almost sculptural-looking portraits of teenagers can be seen in black and white, embedded in the colorful grain of the wood. Blurred images of everyday interior scenarios are mixed in, in between home-grown crystals that grow on doorknobs, pans, and scarves; on things that seem like placeholders of an undefined everyday life. Instead of outlining the mood of one’s own youth, however, the various types of images and objects stand side by side as freely associated principles of form – or rather form together, as a reciprocal reaction of self-chosen form and chemical formula. Time, this becomes visible here, begins to move and proliferate. So what opens up when matter and time wrap around each other and continue to overlap?

    In MAGNA MAGMA, the temporal dimension of archived photographs enters into a dialogue with the formal principle of crystal. Contrary to its spiritual charge and its promise of healing, the focus here is on the rulebook of its growth though: as a kind of pre-programmed mechanism. Just as the atoms of the crystal take possession of trivial objects, the photographs become the resonating bodies of a view of the past that repeatedly covers the present. This gaze can double, blur in places, disappear, or suddenly reappear. It transforms the certainty of recognizing oneself or a certain moment into a fictitious pattern of constantly changing forms. In this way, identification processes detach themselves from their supposed origins. The focus is no longer on the individual image that freezes in the moment, but on the emblematic mass that melts as soon as time and matter come into contact with each other. What opens up here as a period of time has neither result nor origin, is intuitive and yet regulated; it does not follow chance or a self-imposed authorship, but the rules of atomic growth. By thus showing the past as a process of growth and a moment of transition – exemplified by the life phase of youth – MAGNA MAGMA ultimately formulates an archaeology of the present; an exploration of moments of identification that do not lie completed in the past, but are always in transition.

— Agnieszka Roguski



Öffnungszeiten Fr — So  16 — 19 Uhr
(Eintritt frei)

Kuratiert von Kristina Jurotschkin und Florian Glaubitz