Natascha Stellmach

Shame (Day 1), The Letting Go, ongoing since 2013, c-print, 40 x 40 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Shame (Day 1), The Letting Go, ongoing since 2013, c-print, 40 x 40 cm

Letting Go Projekt

This project started in 2013 and moves between performance, photography and Tattoo-Art. Natascha Stellmach offers interested people an unique encounter: in an intimate conversation she works out a word or idea that moves the person most. This word Stellmach picks up and tattoos it without ink in the person´s skin. A temporaryly tattoo emerges. This tattoo is photographed both by the arists and the participant and is integrated in the Letting Go Project later on.


Installation view of The Letting Go (2015), variable size Galerie Wagner + Partner
Installation view of The Letting Go (2015), variable size
 Galerie Wagner + Partner
 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Letting Go (seit 2013), performance and installation, installation view 2013 as part of the exhibition I don't have a gun Galerie Wagner + Partner
Letting Go (seit 2013), performance and installation, installation view 2013 as part of the exhibition I don't have a gun
Letting Go (seit 2013), performance and installation, installation view 2013 as part of the exhibition I don't have a gun Galerie Wagner + Partner
Letting Go (seit 2013), performance and installation, installation view 2013 as part of the exhibition I don't have a gun
 Galerie Wagner + Partner
 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Letting Go: trümmer (2013), self-portrait by participant Galerie Wagner + Partner
Letting Go: trümmer (2013), self-portrait by participant
 Galerie Wagner + Partner
 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Letting Go: machen (2013), self-portrait by participant Galerie Wagner + Partner
Letting Go: machen (2013), self-portrait by participant
 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Letting Go: sehnsucht (2013), photo by the artist Galerie Wagner + Partner
Letting Go: sehnsucht (2013), photo by the artist

Agent Provocateur

Before Stellmach startet the Letting Go Project in its current form she was already questioning people about their desires, longings or sufferings. The word or idea which emerged from this interview was put on different parts of their bodies with felt tip markers.


Agent Provocateur (2012), Happening at dOCUMENTA(13) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Agent Provocateur (2012), Happening at dOCUMENTA(13)
Agent Provocateur (2012), Happening at dOCUMENTA(13) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Agent Provocateur (2012), Happening at dOCUMENTA(13)

Set me Free (2008)

Stellmach´s internationally recognized project deals with ultimate questions of liberation. In an installation a joint with the ashes of Kurt Cobain was to be seen. The artist proclaimed to smoke this joint as an act of liberation after the exhibition closed down. As a reaction on this Stellmach received uncountable threats and abuses, some she later used to create her "Hate mails".


Gone (The ashes of Kurt Cobain) (2008), mixed media installation, installation view at WAGNER + PARTNER Galerie Wagner + Partner
Gone (The ashes of Kurt Cobain) (2008), mixed media installation, installation view at WAGNER + PARTNER
Installation view 2008: Set me free (Who will smoke the ashes of Kurt Cobain?) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Installation view 2008: Set me free (Who will smoke the ashes of Kurt Cobain?)
Gone (The ashes of Kurt Cobain) (2008), mixed media installation Galerie Wagner + Partner
Gone (The ashes of Kurt Cobain) (2008), mixed media installation
Threat by Crack Hitler, Greece (in response to Natascha Stellmach's project Set me free: Who will smoke the ashes of Kurt Cobain?) (2010), archival ink on photo paper, 30 x 40 cm, Ed. 5 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Threat by Crack Hitler, Greece (in response to Natascha Stellmach's project Set me free: Who will smoke the ashes of Kurt Cobain?) (2010), archival ink on photo paper, 30 x 40 cm, Ed. 5
Threat by Eric, Canada (in response to Natascha Stellmach's project Set me free: Who will smoke the ashes of Kurt Cobain?) (2010), archival ink on photo paper, 30 x 40 cm, Ed. 5 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Threat by Eric, Canada (in response to Natascha Stellmach's project Set me free: Who will smoke the ashes of Kurt Cobain?) (2010), archival ink on photo paper, 30 x 40 cm, Ed. 5

Worry Dolls

Like in many of her works the artist deals with questions of liberation and overcome of fear. Thus Stellmach´s "Worry Dolls" become projection surfaces for very diofferent emotions and fears similar to what we know from childhood.


Worry Dolls: The Bullshit Artist (2012), archival ink on photo rag, 60 x 40 cm, Ed. 5 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Worry Dolls: The Bullshit Artist (2012), archival ink on photo rag, 60 x 40 cm, Ed. 5
Worry Dolls: Fuck Head (2010), archival ink on photo rag, 60 x 40 cm, Ed. 5 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Worry Dolls: Fuck Head (2010), archival ink on photo rag, 60 x 40 cm, Ed. 5
Worry Dolls: Heili (2010), archival ink on photo rag, 60 x 40 cm, Ed. 5 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Worry Dolls: Heili (2010), archival ink on photo rag, 60 x 40 cm, Ed. 5
 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Worry Dolls: Nazi Girl (2010), archival ink on photo rag, 60 x 40 cm, Ed. 5 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Worry Dolls: Nazi Girl (2010), archival ink on photo rag, 60 x 40 cm, Ed. 5
Installation view 2012: I'm not interested in reality Galerie Wagner + Partner
Installation view 2012: I'm not interested in reality
Natascha Stellmach

*1970, Melbourne, Australia

Natascha Stellmach works with image and text, across a range of media including installation and performance. Her socially critical practice frequently examines human vulnerability, intimacy and notions of transformation, provocatively blending the personal with aspects of pop culture, history and fiction.
"Her works at first appear delicate and personal, familiarly archival even, yet they soon take us into dark terrain – violence, war, suicide, death. Through a range of media encompassing film, photography, prose and installation, she invites us to share in a taboo, an unspeakable subject around which she has built a narrative. These tales are supported, it seems, by documentary evidence, yet are deliberately confusing in their authenticity."
(Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia)

Natascha Stellmach lives and works in Berlin and Melbourne.



Education

1997-1999
Diploma in Applied Photography RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
1988-1991
Bachelor of Applied Science (OT), Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia



Recent Solo Exhibitions

2015
Letting-Go-Performance, in the context of the exhibition Tattoo, Museum für Kunst + Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
2014

Art Village at BERLIN Festival, Berlin, Germany
2013
Complete Burning Away (The ashes of Kurt Cobain), VAC | La Trobe University Bendigo, Australia
I don't have a gun, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
2011
PULSE Miami, solo show with WAGNER + PARTNER
2010
Complete Burning Away, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Australia
Come Live in my Head, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
2008
Set me free / I just wanted you to love me, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
Secret, Herrmann & Wagner, Berlin, Germany



Recent Group Exhibitions

2016
Körper*Selbst, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
Punk and its Traces in Contemporary Art, Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
2015

Punk and its Traces in Contemporary Art, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain
Skin Stories. Tattoo und Kunst, kunst galerie fürth, Fürth, Germany
Storm in a Teacup, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria, Australia
2013
Scheitern - So many ways to fail, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
Lügengeschichten, Galerie Kit Schulte, Berlin, Germany
2012
Agent Provocateur – Happening & Pop-Up Exhibition as part of dOCUMENTA(13) Kassel, Germany
Agent Provocateur – Happening & Pop-Up Exhibition, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
Tokyo Love Show, Space O, Tokyo, Japan
Agent Provocateur – Happening & Pop-Up Exhibition, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2011
PICA Salon, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia
Phantoms & Nightmares, Espace Culturel Beauvais, France
Paradise, a hell of a place, Anna Pappas Gallery Melbourne, Australia
2010
Mythos Kindheit, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany
Identität I: Biografie, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria
2009
One Step Beyond Reality, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
Terra Nullius – Contemporary Art from Australia, Halle 14 Leipzig & ACC Galerie Weimar, Germany
J.Ulrick & W.Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre Queensland, Australia



Grants and Awards

2011-12
Australia Council Established Artist New Work grant
2010
Arts Victoria International Export & Touring grant for It is Black in Here
2009
Australia Council 3-month grant and residency at Cité des Arts, Paris, France
2008
Arts Victoria International Export & Touring grant for Secret
2007
Sidney Myer Fund project grant for The Book of Back at Sydney's ACP
2006
Australia Council 12-month grant and residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany



Lectures

2009-2012
Guest Lecturing & Mentoring, Photography Studies College, Melbourne, Australia
2004-2005
Guest Professor of Photography, Akademie für Bildende Künste, Mainz, Germany



Collections

The National Gallery of Australia
The Partouche Collection, France, (BORIS + NATASCHA)
Sidney Myer Foundation, Australia
The National Library of Australia
The State Library, Melbourne, Australia
Monash University Library, Melbourne, Australia
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia
Yarra Melbourne Libraries, Melbourne, Australia
The Library of New South Wales, Australia
University of Melbourne Library, Australia



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