2017 wall(s) of shame

Stencils of famous walls, sprayed upon ruined houses in the refugee camps of Western Sahara. #artifariti2017

The ruins of people's houses were caused by the heavy rainfalls of 2015, where adobe brick crumbled like sugar cubes under water. Not only the housing but food and medicine were destroyed, in some cases up to 95%.
The mural of Mariem Hassan made by me in 2015 on the outside of the women's union (UNMS) in the center of Boujdour, Tindouf, Algeria, was altered with the same stencils. 

   
 
     

    

 

100 beautiful first messages

no message, 2017, acrylics on canvas, 80 x 60 cm

I love olther woman, haha, 2017, mixed media on canvas, 120 x 100 cm
You go first! 2017, mixed media on canvas 100 x 120cm
Superpowers, 2017, mixed media on canvas, 120 x 100cm
Fantasies up front,! 2017, mixed media on canvas 120 x 100cm
wild man, 2016, acrylics on canvas, 120 x 100 cm
Am I a kind of garment?, 2017, mixed media on canvas, 120 x 110cm
bedpost man, 2017, acrylics on canvas, 120 x 100 cm
shy man with wine, 2016, acrylics on canvas, 60 x 80 cm

 

PLEASURE PLANTS

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Bettina Semmer / Najdat Rustom

Pflanzen, die heilen, würzen und Vergnügen bereiten

Im Rahmen von Pleasure Ground, einem Projekt von Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle, 2016

Save the Date: 27. November 2016: Pleasure Ground – Aktionen im winterlichen Garten    http://pleasure-grounds.tumblr.com/post/151746207227/bettina-semmer-najdat-rustom-pleasure-plants

Plants that heal, season and please.

With the framework of Pleasure Ground, an project by Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle, curated by Petra Stegmann

 

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Meditation on being a plant, Aktion Pleasure Ground, Juli 2016
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Two authors, two languages: Pleasure Plants in Arabic and “German”

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Pleasure Plants – with Najdat Rustom (Pleasure Ground project by Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle)

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Pleasure Plants – plant signs in Arabic from the side of the new neighbours (Pleasure Ground project by Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle)
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Pleasure Plants – sowing seeds (Pleasure Ground project by Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle)

 

SLAVES and SAINTS

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A group of new work at Fort Sagres, Portugal, within the exhibition „Peregrinacao – a partir de las Paneis de Sao Vicente/Pilgrimage – from the Panels of San Vicente“

This piece is dedicated to Emile Akakbo from Togo, who made for me a beautiful crow mask, and all the artists around the world.

My gratitude to Drury Brennan, based in Berlin, who travelled to Sagres with us and made the beautiful calligraphy; to Babette Semmer assisting in the making, and Fico Artista who helped and performed the crow dance.

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Indigo Saints (installation)
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Indigo Saints (installation); canvas painted with real indigo, part of the colonial exploits from overseas
For those who went round the mark stone of shame
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First participant in “Pilgrimage to Nowhere – 12 minutes a Slave”
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Handing over the certificate for taking part in “Pilgrimage to Nowhere – 12 minutes a Slave”
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Performing “The Shrowd of Saint Vincent covering the mark stone of shame”
Covering the Mark Stone of Shame with the shrowd of St. Vincent
“12 MInutes a Slave – A Pilgrimage to Nowhere” Opening ceremonial march
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Performance with Fico Artista and Bettina Semmer, shrowd covering mark stone
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Shrowds (installation); human body prints on canvas
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Scriptures and Saint Vincent’s shrowd (installation at church de Dama de Graca, Fort Sagres); calligraphic works by Drury Peregrin Brennan; text by Jacinto
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Jacinto Palma Dias after signing the calligraphy
Drury Brennan – Calligraphy:  “I know not what tomorrow will bring” (Pessoa)

 

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Planting seed mines for peace in a circle. In the back, the church containing the scriptures
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Indigo eye (centre of the secret circle of seeds)
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stranded Indigo Saints (pre-installation)
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Indigo Saints (pre-installation)

paintings 2015 – 2016

Five senses, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 290 x 190 cm
donuts and a yogi, 2016, acrylics on canvas, 210 x 200 cm
spiral and two circles, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 210 cm
a whirl and a wind, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 210 cm
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redgreen_veil, 200 x 300 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

multiple hearts, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 300 cm
I am one and I want to be many, 200 x 300 cm, acrylic and chalk on canvas, 2016

 

Rajasthan file 1, 210 x 200 cm, oil on canvas 2016
These paintings are reflections of my recent research into body, mind, spirit and sacred traditions.
Ranging from prints of my own body to chaos-driven expressions, they also include images that I find in Indian and other traditional imagery of divinity. I do not wish to install hierarchies and favour one approach over the other. On the contrary, the aspects filter into one another, freeing me to form a new tradition of the „free fall“, parallel to abstract expressionism but less dogmatic. At the centre, one could detect a „truth of the present moment“ idea, that if one is totally present and free of conventional thinking, colour and shape will manifest themselves immediately due to an immediate necessity. This requires a frequent process of tying the work back to the body be it through hands and feet that touch the canvas, printing the body as a whole, or through knowledge and experience. Titled “In Pursuit of Chaos and Light”, these paintings are a continuation of the „Body, Gender, Fluidity“ series of earlier years.
bones of a woman, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 160 cm
blcak sun, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 210 cm
bowing to each other, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 200 cm

 

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Chinnamasta, 220 x 200 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2015
8-Breasted-Jesus_w
Eight breasted Jesus, 210 x 155 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2016
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A blue Goddess in the night, 210 x 175 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2016

 

2014 /15: décollage paintings

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Heilige Mutter weg-da, 210 x 155 cm, oil on canvas, 2015
Erde im Chaos, 2014, oil on canvas, 150 x 160cm
Defining good and bad, 2014, oil on canvas, 150 x 105 cm
Travelling, 2014, oil on canvas, 210 x 150cm,
Traveling, 2014, oil on canvas, 210 x 150cm
king king country, 2014, oil on canvas, 95 x 95 cm
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Vicious Cycle, 155 x 210 cm, oil on canvas, 2016
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hystericalhousewife, 150 x 100 cm, oil on canvas, 2015
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From Moscow with Hysteria, 2015, oil on canvas, 155 x 100 cm
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Jibby Bean, 2014, Oil on canvas, 210 x 150 cm

 

The cynicism of freedom, 2014, oil on canvas, 150 x 210 cm
The cynicism of freedom, 2014, oil on canvas, 150 x 210 cm
Caught red handed, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 155 cm
Caught red handed, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 155 cm
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A Stunning Left Hook, 2014, oil on canvas, 200x175cm
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Modern Melancholia, 2014, oil on canvas, 75x60cm
Drehung in China, 2014, oil on canvas, 90 x 70cm
Drehung in China, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 155cm
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Schluss mit Mobben und Dissen, 2014, Oil on canvas, 200x155cm

 

2010-14 Body, Gender, Fluidity

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Chastity belt, or what you resist will persist, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 190 x 210cm
Handing the keys of yourself to a Black Hole, 2009, acrylics on canvas, 120x130cm
Handing the keys of yourself to a Black Hole, 2009, acrylics on canvas, 120x130cm
13. Geburtstag, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80cm
Girls at the age of 13, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm (see also the Schlachtensee series)
monkey, 2013, oil on canvas, 90x95cm
monkey girl, 2013, oil on canvas, 90x95cm
Painting surgery, 2000, oil on canvas, 90x105 cm.
Painting surgery, 2000, oil on canvas, 90×105 cm.
another male, 2014, oil on canvas, 50 x 50cm
another typical male, 2014, oil on canvas, 50 x 50cm
a twist in nothing, 2014, oil on canvas, 80x80cm
a twist in nothing, 2014, oil on canvas, 80x80cm
a blackness inside, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 155 x 190 cm
a blackness inside, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 155 x 190 cm
origin of the world 2, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 100 cm
origin of the world, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 100 cm
down the waterfall in bondage, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 155 cm
witch’s probe, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm
legging up, 2013, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm
Inside the mother and child womb, 2000, oil on canvas, 160 x 120 cm
Another world, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 220 x 190 cm
Another world, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 220 x 190 cm
Kreuzabnahme, 2007, oil and acrylic on canvas, 220 x 190 cm
Deposition, 2007, oil
2008Sanhugoenelrefectorio
Body brain, after Zurbarán, 2008, Watercolour on paper, 120×150 cm
large "abstract", 220x190cm, acrylic on canvas, 2010
large “abstract”, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 220 x190cm

 

o.T. 2006, acrylic on canvas, 160 x 120cm
o.T. 2006, acrylic on canvas, 160 x 120cm