upcoming exhibition - duesseldorf photo weekend

Press release
Max Brugger: 

heading towards dystopia

neospektiv, Düsselkämpchen 2, 40239 Düsseldorf, Germany 


Opening: March 8, 2019, 18:00 Uhr, with artist talk
Exhibition: March 9, 12:00–22:00 Uhr, March 10, 12:00–18:00 Uhr
Additional artist talk: March 9, 2019, 16:00


Exhibition space neospektiv is presenting the current work “heading towards dystopia” of Duesseldorf-based photographer Max Brugger at Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2019. Aside from documenting the protests in Hambacher Forst, Max Brugger is outlining various positions in the conflict, that is a symptom of a fundamental future issue. Between the presence of the society and its uncertain future, he is creating an image space, that is shifting within dystopia and hope.
Max Brugger (*1991) is a Duesseldorf based photographer. He studied Communication Design at Peter Behrens School of Arts/ Hochschule Düsseldorf. Focusing on Photography he worked closely together with his professor and mentor Mareike Foecking. During his studies he produced many projects of which some were exhibited in noted galleries such as NRW Forum Düsseldorf. In his conceptual artistic and documentary way of working, Max Brugger challenges the classic narrative structures of photojournalism and comes to terms with his elected subjects as well as his distinct position within the process. For his graduation project “Independet Voluteers” (2018), he travelled several times to Greece portraying people that came from all over the world to establish small and non-institutional projects aiming to help the many refugees in their unfortunate circumstances. He was selected for the Magnum Photos „young talent workshop“ during the visa pour l’image festival in Perpignan 2017. 


neospektiv is an independent exhibition space for contemporary artistic and gestaltist works, prototypes, experiments and processes. It was founded in autumn 2017 by six former students of the Duesseldorf Peter Behrens School of Arts, as an exhibition space and studio for exhibition- and graphicdesign. 


Max Brugger on: “heading towards dystopia”
The undergone utopias founded in novel blueprints of communal life that arose in Hambacher Forst during the past six years, were suddenly destroyed by the country’s demonstration of power. People, who left society behind to develop a new idea of community rooted in the fight for a piece of forest, were bereaved their habitat, to immediately squat it again. The protest against the clearing reached a size that even surprised the occupiers. A broad mass, consisting of all social classes, formed with the common goal of saving the forest.
Loaded with emotional strength, Hambacher Forst grew to a symbol of international climate protection. The discourse about power, future, past, justice and injustice, climate and the fate of RWE workers, forest occupants and local residents leaves marks of a fight that introduces various questions. 


Contact: neospektiv, Anne-Cathrine Mosbach, a.mosbach@neospektiv.de 



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