A New Language

Christopher Winter
A New Language

Curated by Christopher Winter British Artist/Curator an international group of artists explore the language shift and cultural changes instigated by the invasion of 1066. The exhibition investigates themes of acceptance, alienation and displacement in foreign culture; themes that are very relevant today.

Artists working in different disciplines (video, painting, photography, performance and light) respond to the theme by reinterpreting history through a contemporary perspective. Thorsten Brinkmann, a self-described “serial collector” uses found objects to create photographic pieces that often playfully reference art history and heroic portraiture. Römer + Römer depict in their painting a performance troop with fantasy uniforms and weapons, who rush towards the viewer and Nicolas Provost creates a thought provoking video work of black African refugees washed-up on a European beach.

The Normans brought with them an alien culture and language. Of course learning a new language can cause a lot of confusion and misunderstandings .The stories become encrypted, communication unclear and the meaning stays in limbo. This leaves a lot of freedom for the listener or speaker to complete the story. Robert Montgomery’s neon disconnected phrases haunt the viewer with their poetry. Christopher Winter explores the language of art in works that address the nature of reality through abstraction and realism, demonstrating painting’s ability to remain relevant in our virtual world.

Christopher Winter grew up in Hastings and lives and works in Berlin. This exhibition will be a positive foreign influence – “an artistic invasion“!

Exhibiting Artists:

assume vivid astro focus, BORIS + NATASCHA, Thorsten Brinkmann, Marcel Buehler, Matthew Burrows, Edward Clive, Boris Eldagsen, Amir Fattal, Azin Feizabadi, GODsDOGs, Tom Hammick, Constantin Hartenstein, Michelle Jezierski, Almagul Menlibayeva, Robert Montgomery, Nicolas Provost, Römer+Römer, Pietro Sanguineti, Pola Sieverding, Despina Stokou, Peter Wilde, Christopher Winter


Thorsten Brinkmann, Karl Schrank von Gaul, 2008, C-Print © 2016 VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 170 x 120 cm, Courtesy of Feldbuschwiesner Gallery, Berlin


All the Artists have exceptional international reputations. For instance: Almagul Menlibayeva (56th Venice Biennale, Pera Museum, Istanbul and National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA) Moscow). Nicolas Provost (SMAK Gent, Sundance Film Festival and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium), Thorsten Brinkmann (National Museum, Mexico and SHIRN Kunsthalle, Frankfurt), assume vivid astro focus (MOCA Chicago and TATE Liverpool, UK), Römer + Römer (56th Venice Biennale and Kunsthalle Rostock), Despina Stokou (EIGEN+ART Gallery, Berlin and Derek Eller, New York), Robert Montgomery (Palais de Tokyo, Paris and 12th Istanbul Biennale), Christopher Winter (Bauhaus Museum, Dessau and Garis & Hahn, New York), Amir Fattal (Palazzo Fortuny, Venice and Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin), Pietro Sanguineti (MUMOK Vienna and Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia), and BORIS + NATASCHA (SMAK Vienna, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) Moscow) and Documenta(13) Kassel).