Veit Stratmann’s work originates in the realm of sculpture, installation and drawing. It is often conceived for public or non-institutional spaces – spaces of unstable status. It revolves around questions such as: Can an artistic gesture be based on the notions of choice and decision? Can decision-making and the infinite suspension of time involved in doing so become a constructive material? If political action originates in the act of decision-making, can an encounter with art generate a permanent oscillation between political and aesthetical statements/gestures?
Born in 1960, Stratmann is based in Paris. He teaches at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Lyon, France. His work was shown at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Serralves Foundation in Porto, Portugal, the Miró Foundation, Barcelona, Spain, the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland, the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Project Art Centre in Dublin, Ireland, the Taedok Science Town in Taejon, South Korea, LiveInYourHead-Institut Curatorial de la Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, Geneva, Switzerland and other venues worldwide. His work was, amongst others, included in the collections of the Musée National d’Art moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou, Serralves Museum and the Museum Folkwang, Essen. His textual work was recently included in the internet platform Broken Archive, by Villa Romana, Florence, with support of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Veit Stratmann sees a residency, namely the one at AiR 351 as an occasion to test the inner structure of his work, to check its foundations and to operate the checks in a different cultural environment form that in which his work was developed. Such an exposition allows to try the work’s inner bearings, logic and coherence. And it forces him to open to for new spaces and questions that he might not encounter with a more static approach.