Simon Wachsmuth

Year of Birth: 1964
Country: Germany

Simon Wachsmuth (b. 1964, Hamburg) lives and works in Berlin and Vienna. He studied painting and visual media design at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Simon Wachsmuth researches the blind spots and unexpected epilogues in the grand narratives of history and art history. His works often use archival materials, which stand in dialogue with a vocabulary of minimalistic forms. Monuments and documents, both as motif and notion, reappear in his oeuvre as preserving material carriers capable of becoming integral parts of individual and collective memory. Wachsmuth is interested in these materializations of memory: by dealing with the cultural (re)constructions of history, he questions the relationship between material traces, museological representations, and forms of their present employment. Wachsmuth’s installations might be compared to loosely knitted nets, in which he recaptures the materials dispersed by the migration of forms and images over time and space.