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Elizaveta Porodina

Un/Masked

Woman in a green blouse with her hands in front of her face.
© Elizaveta Porodina - Julia Banas, 2021

In Un/Masked, artist Elizaveta Porodina invites us to peer behind our masks, holding up a mirror to ourselves. Her abstract and surrealist photographs, in the interplay of light, color, and shadow, also reflect her inner world.

“I grant my audience a window into my subconscious with my work.” 
Elizaveta Porodina

Born in Moscow and based in Munich, the artist arrived in Germany as a teenager as a so-called “quota refugee”, feeling displaced and isolated. Painting became an escape; studying the works of Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mikhail Vrubel, and Pablo Picasso became a passion. Mixing bold colors with expressive faces, she has remained true to this style. Her subjects are no longer painted with brushes but come to life through carefully arranged sets and artistic lighting.

In Un/Masked, Porodina invites us to reflect on human nature. As a trained clinical psychologist, she is intrigued by emotion-driven behavior. She sees her art as an experiment, combining the hidden and contradictory sides of ourselves. At its core are people, each their own universe yearning to connect with others.

With her poetic photographs, Elizaveta Porodina has made a significant contribution to contemporary photography.

25 Apr 2024 - 18:00 - 23:00

Opening Un/Masked by Elizaveta Porodina

Opening on 25 April 2024, Elizaveta Porodina’s new exhibition, Un/Masked, invites us to peer behind the masks, holding up a mirror to ourselves. Her abstract and surrealist photographs, in the interplay of light, color, and shadow, also reflect her inner world.

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Woman in a green blouse with her hands in front of her face.

26 Apr 2024 - 18:30

Elizaveta Porodina in conversation with Christoph Amend

Enigmatic photographer Elizaveta Porodina will discuss more about her expansive career, and how the exhibition Un/Masked, and her work in general, serves as the audience’s window into her subconscious. Following the talk, Porodina will be signing copies of her publication Un/Masked (Hatje Cantz).

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A black and white photo of a woman looking straight at the camera.

Until 9 Jun 2024

Shirin Neshat

The Fury

Through her stunningly stark black and white photographs and video work, Shirin Neshat's work sheds light on the lived realities of sexually exploited female political prisoners in the Republic of Iran.

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Close up of a nude female body with Iranian texts over her