Earlier this summer, German artists Johannes Mundinger and Sophia Hirsch , had the opportunity to be part in ‘Uninhibited/Engaged’, a collective exhibition of 16 international artists and artist collectives, connected to the Berlin Urban Art scene, that showed an overview of the different directions and styles in graffiti, street art and art in public space at the prestigious Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven.
The idea behind the exhibition was to show the diversity in Berlin’s street art scene today of which Mundinger and Hirsch also are part of.
Mundinger and Hirsch’s seven meter paper collage ‘Das Trockene und das Feuchte’ represents therefore a perfect example of what is currently developing in the contemporary street art scene in Berlin these days.
Long strips of thin newspaper printing paper, painted and later cut, torn, and stuck onto the wall. The mix of painting and collage showing an interesting approach to contemporary art becoming a conceptual piece that inserts the history of the city into the composition.
According to the artists, the title of this collage is taken from Jonathan Littells same-titled essay talking about the image of masculinity in Word War II and refers to to standardised perceptions of masculinity, especially in the graffiti scene which is often male-dominated. They wanted to draw some parallels between this scene and the masculine and aggressive image of war, which in many ways points to the nature of the city of Wilhelmshaven, a naval base.
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