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Andrea Geyer

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The conceptual image/text work "Spiral Lands“ writes a photographic and textual historiography. The central question it addresses is the relation of identity and land in North America. At the example of the Southwest the artist investigates the role of photography in the appropriation of the North American continent. With her camera, Andrea Geyer travels the American Southwest and with historical sensibility she documents not only the land, but also the internalized vantage point of western historiography in impressive landscape photographs. "Spiral Lands" focuses on one of the longest struggles for social justice in North America: the dispossession of lands from Native Americans and their struggle for their rights and the return of their land. In her work, Andrea Geyer renders the desire for social justice visible and gives it a museum presence. „Spiral Lands / Chapter 1“ consists of 19 frames, each combining either two or three black and white photographs with a text. Partly paired in double-takes of the same landscape they recall the tradition of stereoscopy in American landscape photography. Geyer employs the form of doubling to draw attention to the fact that a point of view and narrative are never singular, but always need to be read in relation to their author and context. The text, however, punctuates the classic pastoral idyll: Geyer’s own poetic observations, which resemble diary entries, reflect the impressions and perspective of a fictional character who travels and documents the land between 1850 and 2007. The artist interweaves these comments with researched passages, quotations from treaties, academic texts or philosophical treatises. As a basis for her research, Geyer mainly draws on works by Native American scholars and writers, addressing topics like identity, contemporary history and colonization as well as exploitation, violence and expulsion.

Art objects of this artist

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Parallax, 2003
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Parallax, 2003

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Intaglio, 2008 (# 9)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Intaglio, 2008 (# 9)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Intaglio, 2008 (# 10)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Intaglio, 2008 (# 10)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Companions of Exile, 2008 (#8)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Companions of Exile, 2008 (#8)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Companions of Exile, 2008 (#1)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Companions of Exile, 2008 (#1)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007 (Abb. 4)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007 (Abb. 4)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007 (Abb. 2)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007 (Abb. 2)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007 (Abb. 3)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007 (Abb. 3)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007 (3)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, 2007 (3)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Companions of Exile, 2008 (#1)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Companions of Exile, 2008 (#1)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Companios of Exile, 2008 (#8)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Companios of Exile, 2008 (#8)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Intaglio, 2008 (# 10)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Intaglio, 2008 (# 10)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Intaglio, 2008 (# 9)
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Intaglio, 2008 (# 9)

Geyer, Andrea ◊ Parallax, 2003
Geyer, Andrea ◊ Parallax, 2003


born 1971 in Freiburg, Germany.
lives and works in Freiburg and New York City

1999 - 2000 Whitney Independent Study Program, New York City

1998 Diploma Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Braunschweig, Germany

1992 - 1994 Photography/Film Design, Fachhochschule Bielefeld

1991 - 1992 basic study painting, Independent Art Academy, Stuttgart

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Solo exhibitions

Andrea Geyer/Sharon Heyes, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland and 2010 Kunsthall Goeteborg, Sweden

9 Scripts from a Nation at War, Ret Cat, Los Angeles

Tate Modern L2 Gallery, London, UK (9 Scripts from a Nation at War, collaboration with S.Hayes, A.Hunt, K.Sander, D.Thorne), GB

performance for Modern Mondays, Museum of Modern Art, New York (organized by Sally Berger), USA

Galerie Thomas Zander, Köln

Galerie Hohenlohe, Wien, AT

Spiral Lands. A reading. Free Space. Chelsea Hotel, New York. (curated by Dean Daderko)

Citizenship: Changing Conditions. IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden.

Parallax. Kunstverein St. Gallen im Katharinen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Meaning is what hides the instability of one’s position.Kunstmuseum Esbjerg, Esbjerg, Denmark
(with Katya Sander) cat.

Secession. Vienna, Austria cat.

o.T.Raum für aktuelle Kunst. Luzern, Switzerland.

Ortswechsel. Plattformen und Galerie Paula Böttcher, Berlin. (with Sharon Hayes)

Fantasies are feelings given form. Don’t worry, they are safe if understood.

Parlour Projects. Brooklyn, NY

Information Upon Request. Galerie Paula Böttcher. Berlin, Germany

Information Upon Request. Galerie T-19. Vienna, Austria

Project space. P.S.1 Contemproary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (with Sharon Hayes)

Cambio de Lugar_Change of Place. La Panaderia, Mexico City (with Sharon Hayes, curated by Michele Faguet)

Group exhibitions

upcoming (until 2009): Zones of Conflict (curated by TJ Demos), Pratt Manhattan Gallery,
New York

Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding (curated by Carin Kuoni), Vera List Center for Arts
and Politics, New York

Zagreb Queer Festival. Public Space (curated by Leonida Kovac), Zagreb, Croatia

The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art (curated by Maria Lind), Bard College, New York

The Activist Impulse (curated by Regine Basha), Women & Their Work, Austin, Texas

50 Moon of Saturn (Torino Triennale curated by Daniel Birnbaum), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Fondazione Torino Musei, Tuoriono, Italy

2 x [ (2 x 20) + (2 x 2) ] + 2 = X x (desperately) trying to figure out the world, (curated by Konrad Bitterli), Part I: Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Part II: Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York

War Stories. Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, MassArt, Bosten, MA, Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum, Bard College, NY (curated by Maria Lind/Hito Steyerl)

Just Space(s), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

Brave Lonesome Cowboy. Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Switzerland, cat.

documenta12. Kassel, Germany, cat.

Exile of the Imaginary. Politics / Aesthetics / Love. Generali Foundation. Vienna

The Look of Law. University Art Gallery UC Irvine, USA. (screening)

Knowing you/Knowing me. Camera Austria. Graz
Cooling Out. On the paradox of feminism. Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland, Kunstraum Lüneburg

If a cat gives birth to kittens in an oven, are they kittens or biscuits? Roebling Hall, Brooklyn (curated by Dan Daderko)

Re_dis_trans. Voltage of Relocation and Displacement. Apex Art, New York City. (curated by Aniko Erdosi)

When Artist Say We. Artist Space. New York
Low-Intensity Conflict. Swiss Institute of New York, screening (curated by Alice Cantaluppi)

Der Raum zwischen zwei Bildern. Galerie Fotohof. Salzburg. Austria (curated by Anita Witek/ Gregor Neuer)

looking at america. Galerie Hohenlohe Kalb, Vienna.

Information Tranformation. ExtraCity, Antwerp, Belgium.

re:site Montréal. Oboro, Montréal, Canada.
Be what you want but stay where you are. Witte de With, Rotterdam.

Patriot. Contemporary Museum. Baltimore

e-flux Video Rental. New York, KW Berlin, Insa Art Space, Arts Council Korea.

Regierungen. Paradisische Handlungsräume, Secession, Vienna, cat.

How do I want to be governed? (figure and ground), Miami Art Central, USA, cat.

Indentify. Studies on the Political Subject. Vera List Center for Arts and Politics. New York.

Me, Myself and I. Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Teasing Minds. Kunstverein München, München, Germany

External Affairs. PS122 Gallery, New York

The Freedom Salon. Deitch Projects, New York

Open House. O.K. Center, Linz, Austria cat.

Gelebte Bedingungen. Kaskadenkondensator, Basel, Switzerland (curated by Miriam Katzeff)

The American Effect. Whitney Museum of Amerian Art, New York cat.

Western. Terms of Use. Charlottenburg. Copenhagen, Denmark

Between Spaces. Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
traveled to Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark

Usted está aquí (You are here). Espacio La Rebeca, Bogotá

Opening. Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

On Route. Serpentine Gallery, London, Great Britain cat

Organisationen. Skuc Gallerija. Lubijana, Slovenia. (curated by Roger M. Bürgel and Ruth Noak)

Hausordnung. Stadthaus Ulm. Ulm, Germany (curated by Katrina Menzel, Antje Krause-Wahl)

Manifesta4. Frankfurt, Germany

Over the Moon. Große Gefühle zwischen Inszenierung und Authentizität. (with Ulrike Feser)

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Preisträger des Medienkunstpreises, Kunstadapter 2002. Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

Social Sectors. Kunsthalle Exnergasse. Vienna, Austria (catalogue)

The Captain’s Road. Dublin, Ireland.

Stepping Back, Moving Forward. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, USA (curated by William Stover)
The Subject and Power (the lyrical voice).

Central House of Artist, Moscow, Russia (curated by : Roger M. Buergel)

Unconsciuos Documentaries. von Lintel&Nusser Gallery (curated by Paul Ha), New York

Selections. LFL Gallery (curated by Dean Daderko), New York

Open Studio. Whitney Independent Study Program, New York

Architorture. White Columns (curated by Paul Ha), New York

Raumgrenzen.Spacelines. Raum 1 /Galerie Hubert Winter (curated by Barbara Clausen) Vienna, Austria

Office. Staff Gallery (curated by Regine Basha), New York

Parking. Maydayproduction, Highbridge Park, New York

Andrea Geyer, Tim Maul, Clara Williams. Gallery Pierogi 2000
(curated by Tim Maul), Brooklyn, NY

A streetwalk named desire. Kunstraum Luzern, Switzerland

Archive. Christchurch, New Zealand
Kunst Preis der Sparkasse Recklinghausen. Recklinghausen, Germany

Hjem. Architecture Space, Gammeldock, Copenhagen, Denmark

Kiosk . Downtown Artsfestival, New York
Ulrike Feser, Andrea Geyer, Wolfgang Stahr. Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany

Citylimits. Stoke on Trent, Great Britain

Groupshow. Museum für Fotografie, Braunschweig, Germany

Mixed Pickels. Kunstverein Aurich, Aurich, cat., Germany

Prometheus. Kunstverein Herford, Herford, cat., Germany
Reinhardt Wolf- Preis. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany

Spinning ideas- a room. Gallery LEKRI, Gent, Belgium

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Andrea Geyer: Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, ed. Galerie Thomas Zander, Walther Koenig Books, Cologne / London, 2009

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