Galerie Wagner + Partner

Natascha Stellmach

I Don ́t Have A Gun

6/7/2013 – 7/20/2013

In 2008, the Australian-German artist Natascha Stellmach achieved international acclaim with her controversial and socially critical project Set me free: Who will smoke the ashes of Kurt Cobain?. Her highly-charged and yet intimate installations have since inspired and enthralled the public.

I Don't Have A Gun is Stellmach´s latest exhibition of photographs, text and happenings, opening at Berlin-based gallery WAGNER + PARTNER. This exhibition explores Burnout – a syndrome first classified in 1974 – that has gained much media attention in recent years due to its prevalence in the workplace. Informed by an experience of burnout in the artists' own life, this new body of work is a celebration of renewal. Stellmach does not dwell on the negative aspects of the syndrome – instead her insights are evocative, scurrilous and hilarious.
As always, Stellmach blends fact and fiction – blurring the boundaries of the personal, the historical and the imaginary. Co-opting images from her own life, creating new pop culture texts, and offering a series of 'live' tattoo experiences, this exhibition is a unique and empowering exploration of taboo and self-image.

Inspired by hypnotherapists, buddhists, shamen, crisis centres, yogi's, catholic nuns, psychoanalysts, healers, doctors, lovers, friends, tattooists ... Stellmach's self- experiments form the basis of this exhibition.
One gallery is devoted to enlarged photographs taken from Super-8 family movies. Through these one-off images, the artist transforms her self-image through erasure, drawing and handwritten, provocative invitations to the viewer. Another gallery is dedicated to larger than life hot-pink digital and ink drawings of empowered women playing with "guns" and, in amongst it all, is Stellmach's succinct diary, written across the walls.

At the exhibition's opening and weekly throughout the exhibition's duration – visitors will be able to experience the intimacy and exposure of inkless tattoos administered by the artist. Utilizing the same wit and personal interaction of Stellmach's prior happenings, these inkless, text- based tattoos promise to provide a unique, and cathartic act.
Previous happenings attracted queues of participants at dOCUMENTA (13) and Pulse Miami – where Stellmach wrote text on skin and photographed the results. With the addition of the inkless tattoo "gun" to her practice, the work addresses fear, self-image and notions of attachment in a more potent fashion.

Artist talk with Katja Blomberg (Haus am Waldsee): Jun 26 at 7 pm.