The Epic 2016 HD Video, Sound, 24' © Pola Sieverding, VG Bild-Kunst
The Epic, 2016 , HD Video, Sound, 24′ © Pola Sieverding, VG Bild-Kunst


Ex- Capitol Theater Worringer Platz

Pola Sieverding

Pola Sieverding is a visual artist working in the field of lens based media.
Her works are circling around questions of representation and image production within cultural formations that are defined by various concepts of desire and identification processes. The idea of portraiture in terms of an interpretive reading of the inscriptions of culture in the human body as well as its surrounding architecture is a recurring moment in her work. With photography, video and sound she investigates the physical body as
bearer of historical narratives that shape a contemporary discourse on the social body. By defining the body linguistically; as an alternative to words, she exploits the classical ideal of the body as locus of pleasure and power. She is attracted to extremes and socialized emotions, something felt when the body switches between looking and being looked at, touching and being touched. Her images explore the body as an expressive element, the way we alter our behavior when we feel ourselves to be acting, performing of just being.

Pola Sieverding studied at Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Surikov Institute Moscow and attained her MFA at the University of the Arts Berlin in 2007. She has been invited as an Artist in Residence to Ramallah, Prague and Lisbon and as a visiting lecturer to the International Academy of Art Palestine. Since 2016 she is teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. She was awarded the Work Stipend in the Visual Arts by the Senat of Berlin in 2014 and the Stipend for the Promotion of Junior Achievement in Artistic Fields by the State of Berlin in 2008. Since 2011 she is collaborating with Orson Sieverding on sonic interferences that have been performed at Kunstverein Heidelberg, ReMap 3 in Athens and Kunsthalle Duesseldorf. 2012 she collaborated with Natascha Sadr Haghighian for her project for dOCUMENTA 13. She has exhibited internationally at Aram Art Gallery, Seoul; Art in General, New York; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin; Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin; Dubai Photo Exhibition, Dubai; NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach et al. Pola Sieverding lives and works in Berlin.

The Epic

In „The Epic,“ the camera circles around two boxers like a group of sculptures, thus defining the space in which their bodies collide into one another. At the start of the video, the boxers each look in the direction of the camera with a frontal body posture, drawing attention to the solitude of the ring. In the shots that follow, the camera moves and gradually rotates 360 degrees around the boxers in motion, as they first size each other up with their eyes, then dance around their foe and partner, and at last begin fighting with fists. The camera follows the fight slowed down by a factor of eight, filming at 200 frames per second. The result is to make it possible to understand the forces acting on the bodies, shaping them and laying bare their anatomy. The interplay of the two bodies is like that of a dance, and calling to mind archaic sculptures, their flesh tone glistening with sweat. The film’s third act concentrates on the moment in which the fighters are in each other’s arms, in what is called a clinch. This clasping is a moment of ambiguity: a flickering between exhaustion and feint, getting closer and giving up. It is also a moment of immense sensuality. The opulence of the images is critically supported by the film’s soundtrack. This is made up of the sounds of the blows, footfalls, breathing and heart frequencies as recorded during the actual fight, generating an acoustic space using sound waves to convey the physicality of the fight onto the viewers’ bodies.

With Abdullah Karalioglu, Azamat Machmudov / Camera Christoph Manz / Soundtrack Orson Sieverding
With support by Christopher Berg, Joëlle Grosz, Julian Holzapfel, Thomas Koester, Stephan Thierbach, Ulrich Urban, Leopold Wollenberg
Funded by  Kunststiftung NRW

Selected Exhibitions (Solo)

ICON,  Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin in occasion of EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography
THE EPIC, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
ARENA, Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin
GRANDS ENSEMBLES, BOX21 Freiraum für Kultur, Berlin
CLOSE TO CONCRETE, Lumiar Cité, Lissabon
Never mind about the six feet, let´s talk about the seven inches, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin
Figures of Affect, Friederike Hamann und Pola Sieverding, Galerie Campagne Première, Berlin
Cadavre Exquis, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin
“I’M AFRAID. IT IS HUNGRY. IT IS IMMORTAL.”, Art in General, New York, US

Selected Exhibitions (Group)

A NEW LANGUAGE/ ROOT 1066 CONTEMPORARY ARTS FESTIVAL, curated by Christopher Winter, Hastings
Von den Strömen der Stadt, curated by Markus Ambach & Susanne Titz, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Sometimes You see Your City differently, PEER TO SPACE, FEINBERG PROJECTS LTD. | Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv
Dubai Photo Exhibition, Dubai
SUPERSTITION, a cooperation between  Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery & Galerie am Meer, Düsseldorf
The Vacancy – 33 Artists 33 Rooms, Temporary Art Space Friedrichstrasse 124, Berlin
Gib’ mir das Sommerloch, Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin
Um Fleisch auf die Nerven zu bekommen, Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt
Topless, kuratiert von Ben Kaufmann, B32, Maastricht
KIK FIVE, Kino International, Berlin
NGORONGORO, Lehdererstrasse 34, Berlin
History is a Warm Gun, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
The Other Where, La Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires
LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX2, Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin
Blended Generations, 701 e.V., Köbogen Düsseldorf
The Undulation of Something Faintly Familiar, Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles
Hélio Oiticica. Das große Labyrinth – Penetrável PN 14, Palmengarten des Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
BERLIN:STATUS [2], Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
040 Festival für Fotografie in der Gegenwartskunst- Destroyed Images, Frappant, Hamburg
Avantrash Neue Wände, Kunst+Kunz, München
Hyperreals, Bruno Glint, London
Hot Spot Berlin, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin
Alive She Cried, kuratiert von Reynold Reynolds, Galerie Zink, Berlin
Künstler der Galerie III, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin
Six Days Of New Media, Linienstrasse 127, Berlin
No more daughters and heroes, Aram Art Gallery, Goyang Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea
Künstler der Galerie II, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin
Hardcore Glamour, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin