Natascha Stellmach* lives and works in Berlin and Melbourne. Born to German
parents in Australia, both countries have been important sources of inspiration in her work, exploring identity, death, the elusiveness of memory. Exhibiting since 1996, her work has shown in over 50 selected exhibitions including The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne
(ACMI); The Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne; and the
Edinburgh, Taiwan and Hannover International Film Festivals. Since 2003 she has collaborated with German artist Boris Eldagsen (www.eldagsen.com) as
BORIS + NATASCHA.
Livre Natascha Stellmach: It is Black in Here On the occasion of the exhibition at Fotogalerie Wien Austria, Gallery Wagner + Partner launches the new publication of Natascha Stellmach: It is Black in Here.
"It is Black in Here catalogues Natascha Stellmach's provocative storytelling oeuvre, bringing together selected photography, film and installation works from the last decade of her practice. As a work in itself, It is Black in Here conjures up the abyss, confronting us with uncertainty and, possibly more fittingly, the sensation of waking from a dream.
With her background in essayist filmmaking, Stellmach's works blend documentary and fiction with a strong personal voice, to tell intimate stories about the transience of life. It is this consistent interest in the emotional layers of her conceptual works that sets her apart."
(Celina Lunsford, ... Exposition « I don't have a gun » by Natascha Stellmach
In 2008, the Australian artist Natascha Stellmach achieved international acclaim with her controversial and socially critical project “Set me free: Who will smoke the ashes of Kurt Cobain?”. Her highly-charged and yet intimate installations have since inspired and enthralled the public. I Don’t Have A Gun is Stellmach´s latest exhibition of photographs, text and happenings, opening on June 7th at Berlin-based gallery WAGNER + PARTNER. This exhibition explores Burnout – a syndrome first classified in 1974 – that has gained much media attention in recent years due to its prevalence in the workplace.
© Natascha Stellmach. I have a blender, 2013
Informed by an experience of burnout in the artists’ own life, this new body of work is a celebra... Exposition Complete Burning Away - Natascha Stellmach In early October 2008, Natascha Stellmach was the most-googled artist in the world. Emotions were charged, sides were taken – for or against her – and questions were raised: Is it art? Is it legal? Is it sacrilegious? Is it true?
Berlin-based Australian artist Natascha Stellmach caused an extraordinary media sensation in 2008 with the press release to her Berlin exhibition Set me free at WAGNER + PARTNER, in which she invited volunteers to join her in smoking the ashes of dead rock star Kurt Cobain. Stellmach never revealed how she obtained the ashes and held no interviews, instead her press release to 200 selected journalists ignited a media-hype that spread across 58 countries, creating furor, public outrage and admiration, especially online. Websites, blogs and chat rooms erupted and death treats were s... Exposition Natascha Stellmach The Book of Back Natascha Stellmach's first solo exhibition in Germany is the result of her year-long Australia Council for the Arts grant and residency as part of the International Studio Programme at Künstlerhaus Bethanien.
The cross-media project The Book of Back explores through staged and found photographs, stories, video and installation, a dark family story set between Germany and Australia, underpinned by the poetic Germanic idea of Zerrissenheit - being torn between lands, being torn between worlds, being torn. In this work 'Back' is a metaphor for a lost place, for the past, representing the hidden part of history one often chooses to ignore because it is difficult, painful or sad.
The Book of Back consists of two parts, a 108-page artist book and an installation that hints at a child's room. The room holds bizarre objec...