Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2024

Jan, Feb, Mar

Henrike Naumann | Visual Artist

Henrike Naumann | Image: Privat
Henrike Naumann | Image: Privat

Henrike Naumann was born in Zwickau (GDR) and lives and works in Berlin. In her immersive installations she arranges furniture and objects into scenographic spaces with integrated video and sound works. Her practice reflects on the mechanisms of radicalization and their connection to personal experience, investigates the traces of social transformations, and researches the roots of fascism and bad taste.

In Los Angeles, Henrike Naumann will explore the concept of Total Design, developed by U.S. architects Walter Wurdeman and Welton Becket in the 1940s, which is characterized by complete responsibility for all aspects of the overall planning of a building project. Using the example of the painter and graphic artist Karl Heinz Jakob and the actor Armin Mueller-Stahl, who traveled to Cuba as part of an official delegation in 1961, she also wants to shed light on how artistic creation oscillates between coercion and freedom of action in liberal and dictatorial systems. Today, the Total Design approach is gaining worldwide notoriety through influencers such as Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. Their application of the concept involves the self-dramatization of one's own body and shows how this design approach transcends the political boundaries of Total Design.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2023 | Westalgia, IKOB – Museum of Contemporary Art, Eupen
2022 | Re-Education, SculptureCenter, New York
2021 | Collapsing Imperial Buildings, Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin
2018 | 2000, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach

Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 | Channeling, MMK Frankfurt
2023 | Illiberal Lives, Ludwig Forum, Aachen
2022 | Ghetto Biennale, documenta fifteen, Kassel
2021 | Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk ArtCentre, Kyiv

Selected Prizes and Awards
2020 | Research Grant, Senate Berlin
2019 | LVZ Art Prize, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
2019 | Max Pechstein Prize, Zwickau
2018 | Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes