Authentic Spaces

THIS IS FAKE Residency 2 & Exhibition, 2020
Natalia Jordanova, Fabian Lehmann, Yannick Harter, Nemo Nonnenmacher and Jamie Harper

A presentation of the results of the THIS IS FAKE artist residency “Authentic Spaces”. Five artists from different disciplines spent a month exploring the relationship between authentic places and digital technologies in relation to the old pasta factory in Zeitz. By approaching multiple timelines, different narrative forms and the infrastructures of old and new media, the residency culminates in a collective exhibition that enables new perspectives on the history and the future of the pasta factory and its surroundings.

Information about the artists

Natalia Jordanova (b. Sofia, Bulgaria) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Amsterdam, working with a variety of media to create context–aware installations. She holds an MA from the Dirty Art department of Sandberg Institute in The Netherlands (2020); BA Fine Arts from Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (2018), BA Photography from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Bulgaria (2013) and Erasmus exchange programme at Central Saint Martins in London (2017). Recently she participated in Unfair Temporary Museum in Amsterdam; Sofia City Art Gallery for BAZA Award; solo presentation at Art Rotterdam 2020, where she received a nomination for the NN Art Award. Her work has been exhibited internationally including presentations at Sofia Art Week 2019, Magma Festival at Kanal Centre Pompidou, Brussels (2019), THE COMMON INN at Het Nieuwe Institute, Rotterdam (2019), Untouched Intimacies at NEVERNEVERLAND, Amsterdam (2019).

Nemo Nonnenmacher (b. 1988, Germany) is an artist based between London, UK and Greece. After graduating from The Royal College of Art, London in 2017, he has been artist in residence at Edinburgh Summer Hall and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in 2019, at Outset Contemporary Art Fund in Baker Street and at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop in London in 2018. From 2012 to 2017 he was a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, exhibiting throughout Europe, including “Prototypen“ at the Opelvillen Art and Culture Foundation in Rüsselsheim, DE, Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, IT and Centre for Arts and Creativity, Dortmund, DE. Recent exhibitions are “Authentic Spaces” (Zeitz, DE, 2020), “Onslaught Undone” (Meno Parkas Galerija, Kaunas, LIT, 2020), “The Same Tendencies” (Summer Hall, Edinburgh, 2019), “Acts of the Plough” (Art Licks Weekend, London, UK, 2018) und “Invasive Behaviour” (Cole Projects, London, UK, 2018). Since 2018 he is the Associate Director of artist-led Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop in London, UK.

Jamie Harper is a UK-based theatre director, play designer and performance researcher. He studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield and trained on the Directors’ Course at LAMDA. He is a previous winner of the JMK Directors’ Award and the National Theatre Cohen Bursary for which he was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio. His theatre credits include The Hundred We Are at The Yard Theatre; Heaven in Berlin at Testbed1; The Return of Colmcille for Derry’s UK City of Culture Festival; La Turista: Cafe Duende at Morito Tapas; Roundabout at The Bush Theatre; Invasion for Tooting Arts Club (Time Out Critics’ Choice); Our Town at the Rose Theatre, Kingston; Beyond the Pale at Southwark Playhouse; A Real Humane Person Who Cares and All That at the Arcola; Invisible Storms at the Cock Tavern (Time Out Critics’ Choice); The Six-Days World at The Finborough; The Things Good Men Do at the Lyric Hammersmith and A Lie of the Mind at BAC.

Yannick Harter (born in Worms, Germany) is a transmedia artist based in Leipzig. He is interested in digital cultures, technology and their affective potential for societies. For his installation he works with video, sound, objects and VR. Since 2016 he has been studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, the Art Academy of Latvia in Riga (2018) and Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2019). He is one of the founding members of the Leipzig based media-art-collective THISISFAKE. His work has been presented in various international projects and exhibitions. Selected exhibitions: “IN TIME” Obrońców Stalingradu 17 (Szczecin PL), “Semiotics for the Afterlife” D27 (Riga LV), “Unstable Settings” UG Halle 14 (Leipzig DE), ), “Performing an Art Space” Kunstraum Lakeside (Klagenfurt AT), “Sound” MEME (Athens GR), “Rencentres Paris/Berlin”, Louvre Auditorium (Paris FR)

Fabian Lehmann (*1988, Castrop-Rauxel/Germany) Graduated at University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld (2015) with degree Bachelor of Arts „Photography and Media“. Since 2016 he is studying „Media Art“ at the „Academy of fine Arts, Leipzig“ in the class „Expanded Cinema“ / Prof. Clemens von Wedemeyer as well as the class for „Installation and Space“ / Prof. Joachim Blank and has studied „Fine Arts“ at „Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design“ in Jerusalem during an exchange semester. His artistic work focus on different communication systems and how digital techniques shapes the humanity and society.He had various exhibitions in Germany and Europe e.g.Hamburger Triennale der Fotografie (Hamburg), Gallery „Kunstpunkt“ (Berlin), Emscherkunst 2016 (Dortmund)Siva Galerija, (Zagreb) UG Halle 14 (Leipzig)

Kindly supported by

Office of the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, PlusNull eV. (, StuRa HGB Leipzig and Silbitz Group Zeitz.