Since 2009, Vadim Zakharov and Niklas Nitschke have worked together under the name OBAMAINBERLIN travelling though the German-Polish border regions, which they explore as a “dead zone” by way of absurd, open-ended acts. The exhibition at the Showroom of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein presents video documentations of actions, photographic works, and artifacts created as part of these artistic explorations.
Vadim Zakharov (b. 1959) lives in Moscow and Berlin. He is one of the best-known artists of Moscow Conceptualism and will represent Russia at this year’s Venice Biennale. Zakharov works with video, photography, installation, performance, typography, and computer graphics, consciously avoiding any clear interpretation. He works with fictional characters, most recently with the “stupid Father Zond from Cologne,” which he sets in relationship to one another with constantly shifting perspectives to create complex narratives. Like the Russian literature of the nineteenth century, the motif of failure is a constant motif in these humorous (self) stagings.
Niklas Nitschke (b. 1970) is currently based in Breslack, Brandenburg. He develops his artistic system of reference not only using his own works, but also with works of others. In the process, he isolates certain elements that he doubles in his complex, in part ephemeral work, achieving the absence of the object, and freeing the work from representation.