Simon Menner


23.10.2018   - 03.11.2018

Surveillance, terror and propaganda are core concerns of Menners work. In his mostly photographic works, the visual artist aims to learn more about the role images play in today’s conflicts. As Menner notes, our perception might be the most important battlefield of the 21st century, with images playing an increasingly important role as a tool of propaganda. At the same time, images replace written language as the most important medium for everyday conversation.

Born 1978 in Emmendingen, Baden-Württemberg, Menner lives and works in Berlin.

Between 2002 and 2007 he studied at the Universität der Künste, Berlin under Dieter Appelt and Stan Douglas, and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

His most recent solo exhibition Terror Komplex was presented at Goethe Institute, Lyon, and the NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf (2016/17). Other selected solo exhibitions took place at pavlov’s dog Gallery, Berlin; Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, OPTICA Center for Contemporary Art, Montréal; ABC Contemporary, Zurich; Morgen Contemporary, Berlin; and the Kommunale Galerie Berlin.

Selected group exhibition participations include HMKV, Dortmund; Athens Photo Festival; Museum für Fotografie, Berlin; Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin; Bauhaus Museum, Weimar; Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; C/O Berlin; Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch-Hall; and Neues Museum, Weimar.

Menner’s work has also found broad recognition through awards and fellowships including a grants from the IFA; Berliner Senate; Goethe Institute Prague, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Welde Art Award, IBB-Award for Photography, and the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft.

His photography and archival art have been discussed widely, also sparking wide interest beyond the professional art press. His photo book Top Secret – Images from the Stasi Archives (Hatje-Cantz) was nominated for the First PhotoBook Award by Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation in 2013. Other publications include Töten (Kehrer Verlag, 2012) and Unheimlich Vertraut – Bilder vom Terror, Verlag Walther König 2011.

Simon Menner takes part in SomoS’ current group exhibition Un_Becoming (on view October 23 – November 3 2018) with his video installation Computers dream of Porn, which explores notions of genuineness and morality in our consumption of internet imagery.

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