Oliver Pietsch

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Oliver Pietsch
artist's name: Oliver Pietsch
preferred medium: video / film
nationality: DE
born: 1972
born in: Munich
lives in: Berlin

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Oliver Pietsch - Profile

Developed through filmic montage, Oliver Pietsch’s films are marked by a solid archival testimony to cinematic and audiovisual culture. From old films to more recent ones, from documentary to independent cinema through to Hollywood block-busters, the artist plays around with fictional re-interpretations, intrinsically creating a new narrative. The themes of these montages often take on an obscure exploration of human emotions and psychological torments. There is no discourse or critical posture: the artist offers a dreamlike space where each one is free to navigate in his own way, and leaving his own feelings and narrations emerge.
Pietsch’s latest film “From Here to Eternity” explores the theme of death in the history of cinema; the artist addresses with a hint of humour the idea of immortality interpreted by actors through the course of time. The film is composed of three chapters inviting the viewer to step into a mental wandering, and provoking feelings of recognition and empathy that ultimately lead to narrative re-interpretations rooted in our personal concerns. While the first chapter centres on the physical implications of death such as the “last breath” and other inflicted and external violence, the second chapter explores a much more introspective and contemplative side devoted to the fear of death and the irrepressible emotions associated with it. The third and final chapter however naturally progresses to explore the notions relating to the realm of the afterlife and the metaphorical visions of heaven, hell and any intermediary state.
Pietsch’s poetic approach to this universal subject is emphasized by his choice of the final voice-over in the film which suggests to think of death as “a dream from which you would never again wake up”.  nettiehorn

10 important exhibitions with Oliver Pietsch

Exhibition Exhibitor City Country Start date
Im Rausch Zwischen Höhenflug und Absturz Kunstmuseum Thurgau Warth CH 05.06.2016
Crime in Art MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow Krakau PL 16.05.2014
Oliver Pietsch - From Here to Eternity Nettie Horn Gallery London GB 10.12.2010
No Matter. Scheitern und Kunst Kunstverein Hildesheim Hildesheim DE 11.06.2010
Territories Galerie Schuster Miami Miami US 11.02.2010
DimkeEggerEnglErbLeinfelder - Preisträgerinnen der Stadt München Kunstarkaden München München DE 11.08.2009
UNDER INFLUENCE Kunsthaus Dresden Dresden DE 01.08.2008
Groupshow 1 Autocenter, Berlin, closed Berlin DE 07.12.2007
Her(his)tory Museum of Cycladic Art, Athen Athen GR 04.06.2007
Videonale 11 Kunstmuseum Bonn Bonn DE 15.03.2007
verglückt nochmal Galerie Ute Parduhn Düsseldorf DE 03.11.2006
EMAF 2006 European Media Art Festival Osnabrück Osnabrück DE 10.05.2006
Vom Verschwinden. Weltverluste und Weltfluchten hartware medien kunst verein (HMKV) Dortmund DE 27.08.2005
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galleries representing Oliver Pietsch:

Galerie Schuster Berlin