Enrico Freitag – Poisoning

In his paintings and drawings Enrico Freitag reflects fundamental and contemporary aspects of human civilization. In anthological series, he devotes himself to various phenomena of sociallyrelevant themes, until a complex connection arises between the artist‘s various groups of works.

An intellectual starting point and at the same time a recurring motif, which also proves to be aninspiration for the artist‘s other subjects, can be seen in the series entitled 'LabOra'. With this title, a phrase derived from the Benedictine order 'Ora et Labora' (Pray and Labour), the artist leads us into a world of work that is also shaped by an almost contemplative aura and yet deep immerse into anactive Fordist dystopia of mass production. Work is neither heroized nor criticized by the artist, butconsidered neutral and as a logical component of civilization and society.In a kind of autopoiesic development of this basic idea, series such as 'Fresh Kills', which in itsambiguity on the one hand refers to the eponymous, at that time the world's largest waste dump on the outskirts of New York, on the other hand almost ironically builds the bridge between factoryfresh, the desire of our consumer society for brand-new goods, and the fleeting moment of having a disposable society paying homage to abundance.
In a kind of autopoiesic development of this basic idea, series such as 'Fresh Kills', which in itsambiguity on the one hand refers to the eponymous, at that time the world's largest waste dump on the outskirts of New York, on the other hand almost ironically builds the bridge between factoryfresh, the desire of our consumer society for brand-new goods, and the fleeting moment of having a disposable society paying homage to abundance.'The Poisoning' exemplifies a momentous industrial disaster in Japan in the early 1950s, which still has consequences and impacts on the lives of people in the affected area. Later became known as Minamata disease, the disaster was triggered by unpurified wastewater from a local chemical plant and poisoned the waters of the area, and thus the fish and a little later the population, who fed on their consumption, with mercury. As well as the resident fishermen as the firm, and even thegovernment, which wanted to achieve industrial growth at any price in the postwar period, did their utmost to keep events a secret.






We want to thank everyone who helped to make the 18th venue in Erfurt possible!

18. ZNE! Station ERFURT (Germany)


Duration: 28.7.2019 to 22.9.2019

Pictures from the exhibition in Erfurt here!

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We mourn our friend and benefactor, the artist and philosopher Prince Rudolf zur Lippe, who died on 6 September 2019.

He made thoughts dance and people move.

During the exhibition in Erfurt, which shows works from the cycle "Learning from the Birds" in the church of the Augustinian monastery, he wanted to talk to us about it and how it is linked to Goethe and Alexander von Humboldt.

We will miss him greatly, not only there.

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