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Josephine Meckseper

SELECTED WORKS BY Josephine Meckseper

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CDU-CSU

Josephine Meckseper
CDU-CSU

2001

C-Print

106 x 165.5 cm
Labelling her sultry and seductive models with German political party vanity chains identifying the joint Christian Democratic and Christian Socialist Union, Jospehine Meckseper spin-doctors a media savvy image parodying the right wing. Meckseper’s enlarged faux magazine spread updates traditional allegorical painting via woman’s fashion advert, drawing veiled reference to Angela Merkel, the party’s leader and Germany’s first female chancellor. Raising uneasy questions about class, power, nationalism, and feminism, Meckseper portrays her homeland as a twinned stealth-like beauty: Arian perfection garbed in democratic coloured designer gowns, languishing in extravagance and oblivious to the proletariat maid lingering in the distance.
Pyromaniac 2
Josephine Meckseper
Pyromaniac 2

2003

C-Print

101 x 76 cm
Josphine Meckseper’s photographs subtly infuse lifestyle ideals with an incitement to revolutionary violence. Using the format of fashion magazines, Meckseper examines how cultural information and its inherent values are packaged and merchandised: beauty, capitalism, and glamour are laid bare and magnified as vacuous imagery transparently revealing their social, political, and economic realities. In Pyromaniac 2, Meckseper’s model is posed with lit match perched between her lips, an emblem of commodified desire transformed to an impending powder keg explosion.
Untitled (Berlin Demonstration, Fire, Cops)
Josephine Meckseper
Untitled (Berlin Demonstration, Fire, Cops)

2002

C-Print

76 x 101 cm
Having worked as a photojournalist for German media, Josephine Meckseper’s demonstration photos capture the cool neutrality of front-line reportage. Shot at a riot near the former GDR HQ, Untitled’s dramatic subject matter neither advocates nor denounces political concern. Photographing protesters, police, and bystanders participating in their expected roles, her images of violent unrest allude to a choreographed theatre, the readily identifiable aesthetics of protest culture transfiguring as stereotyped vogue. In Untitled, a shopping cart blazes against a crowd of cops and demonstrators, framing the iconography of anti-capitalist sentiment as implicitly commercialised fashion.
RAF Tray
Josephine Meckseper
RAF Tray

2002

C-Print

50.8 x 40.6 cm
Printed in black and white, Josphine Meckseper’s RAF Tray is reminiscent of the ambient class of perfume adverts, the drama of classic film, and the radical chic of 60s political photos. Staged by Meckseper, her models exude this expectant glamour, femmes fatales peddling image over content. Proffering box of matches on a silver platter, they offer revolution as a bi-product of their conflicting values, sparking a dissident solution to the boredom of privilege.
Untitled (Berlin Demonstration, Police Brigade)
Josephine Meckseper
Untitled (Berlin Demonstration, Police Brigade)

2002

C-Print

76 x 101 cm
Photographing public demonstrations, Josephine Meckseper embraces an alternative politic of the contradictory messages contained within visual culture. Highlighting the trendy youth culture adaptation of protest chic, Meckseper shoots a line of riot-geared police officers flanked by the impressive columns of government buildings, framing the overlapping connotations of authority, violence, oppression, security, and heroism with the casual flair of a Gap advertisement.

Josephine Meckseper's BIOGRAPHY

Josephine Meckseper
1973
Born in Germany

Lives and works in New York


EDUCATION


1990-92
MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

1986-90
Graduate studies, Hochschule der KĂĽnste, Berlin


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2005
%, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
The Bulletin Board, White Columns, New York

2004
IG-Metall und die kĂĽnstlichen Paradiese des Politischen, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart

2003
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York

2002
Lustgarten, Borgmann Nathusius Gallery, Cologne

2001
Shine—oder Jedem das Seine, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart

1996
Intervention, Starke Stiftung, Berlin

1992
Every Day is the Same, Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

1990
Gemelli o dell’Attenzione Simultanea?, Contatto Europa Gallery, Milan


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2006
Whitney Biennial 2006, Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, MUSAC, Leon, curated by Yuko Hasegawa,
Agustin Perez Rubio and Octavio Zaya

2005
Experiencing Duration: Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon 2005, Lyon
Die Neue Republik, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany
Girls on Film, curated by Kristine Bell, Zwirner & Wirth, New York
A.B. Normal, Nyehaus, New York
Bonds of Love, curated by Lisa Kirk, John Connelly Presents, New York
Faure & Light Gallery, Santa Monica

2004
Heimweh: Young German Art, curated by Juliane von Herz, Haunch of Venison, London
The Future Has a Silver Lining: Genealogies of Glamour, curated by Heike Munder and Tom Holert, Migros Museum fĂĽr Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
Dresscode, Kunstverein Neuhausen, Neuhausen/Fildern, Germany
American Idyll, Greene Naftali, New York

2003
Fuckin’ Trendy, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany
All That Glitters, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York
Girls on Film, Produce Gallery, Penrose Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia
Wheeling, Cell Project Space, London
In the Public Domain, Greene Naftali, New York
Nation, Kunstverein Frankfurt, Frankfurt
Growing Up Absurd, Post-LA Gallery, Los Angeles

2002
Bitch School, Longwood Arts Project, The Bronx Council on the Arts, New York
Wheeling! Krad Culture, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin

2001
Wine, Women & Wheels, White Columns, New York

2000
New New York, Texas Fine Arts Association, The Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, Texas
Grok Terence McKenna Dead, Feature, Inc., New York
Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York
Art Auction 2000, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Wunderbar, Art Club Berlin at W139 Gallery, Amsterdam

1999
Overflow, D’Amelio Terras, Marianne Boesky
Gallery, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Criss Cross—Some Young New Yorkers III, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
Free Coke—Lines, Drawing, Paper, Greene Naftali, New York
Art Club Berlin, Au Base Gallery, New York
Lifer, curated by Kenny Schachter, Cardozo School of Law Gallery, New York

1998
Super Freaks: Post Pop and the New Generation, Greene Naftali, New York
Selective Affinities, New York Ministorage, New York
Art Club Berlin, Artforum, Berlin
Summer Show, Debs & Co., New York

1996
Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York
Departure Lounge, Clocktower Gallery, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
Summer Show, Greene Naftali, New York
Scratch, Thread Waxing Space, New York
Intervention: Tendenzen im Schatten der Stadtplanung, Stiftung Starke, Berlin

1995
Voyeurism, 450 Gallery, New York
Wheel of Fortune, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York
Benefit Exhibition, American Fine Arts, New York
On the Lam, Thicket Gallery, New York
Verisimilitude and the Utility of Doubt, White Columns, New York

1994
This Is Your Home, Stuyvesant Town, New York
Agent Artist, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
Paranoid, The Brewery Gallery, Los Angeles

1992
Tattoo Collection, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

1990
Licht und Schein, Kubus, Kunstverein Hannover Land, Hannover, Germany

1989
Neue Darmstädter Sezession, Alfred-Messel Haus, Darmstadt, Germany