Delia Jürgens is a painter and installation artist living between Hanover, Berlin and Los Angeles. Her work deals with the ambiguity of life in today’s world shaped by global economics and digital networks. Jürgens reflects on how economic and cultural value are created and how they affect the individual and collective consciousness or body. She establishes a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver and focuses on concrete questions that determine our existence. Jürgens wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images. Her works show how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between the Self and the Other. The results of her multilayered installations are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted while creating a new way of painting. Rather than presenting a factual reality, she shows an illusion fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination in a dense imagery that can be both spatial and fictional existing in the dependence of one another. She investigates in the dynamics of landscape and the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’ referencing postcolonial theory.
Delia Jürgens received her MFA in Fine Arts from the Braunschweig University of Arts in 2014 where she studied with the German-American artist and professor of painting Frances Scholz and a BFA in Scenographics from the University of Applied Arts and Sciences Hannover. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at the Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou (CHN), the Sprengel Museum Hannover (GER), the ZKM I Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (GER), the Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover (GER), the Heidelberger Kunstverein (GER), the Kunstverein Hannover (GER), Garden Gallery Los Angeles (US), _Tim Nolas Vienna (AUT) and the Kunstverein Langenhagen (GER) among others. She received the artist in residence stipend of the Künstlerhaus Meinersen (2015), the working grant of the MWK Lower Saxony (2016) and the working grant of the Stiftung Kunstfonds (2019) and was honered with the Sprengel Price for Visual Arts of the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and the Sprengel Museum in 2018.
Jürgens is the founder of the artist-run initiative DIS-PLAY which she creates together with Tarik Kentouche. DIS-PLAY exhibits the merge of virtual versus physical prospects showing different reality states. Each virtual appearance occurs physically at a different venue across cultures, countries and time zones and brings together a wide array of artists and people to engage and rethink the actual. DIS-PLAY argues that the possibilities that the internet offers for self-organization and the sharing of information are undermined by often hidden power structures of economics and meditates on ideas of collectivity and togetherness.
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