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S£AWOMIR ELSNER
1976 born in Wodzis³aw ¦l±ski
1995-2002 art studies at the Kunsthochschule in Kassel
2001 first prize winner at the des dit photo contest, Frankfurt am Main
2003 "Selbst Im weitesten Sinne" prize winner, Kunstverein Marburg
2004 Junge Kunst scholarship, Essen
Lives in Berlin

  Slawomir Elsner
  S³awomir Elsner uses drawings, paintings and photographs to meticulously trace the aesthetic conventions employed by other people to emphasize their identity. In his earliest photographic series he himself would impersonate a range of various professionals: from a Turkish bar assistant to a German policeman. In his drawing series, Elsner portrayed representatives of various professions wearing casual clothes, or children as professionals they could become in the future. Elsner's constant point of interest, linking most of his works, concerns forms, conventions and styles taken out of control of designers and officials, born spontaneously and unwittingly "among the people". On the other hand, there is the conventionality of our perception and the drive towards anesthetizing of both one's own environment as well as "the world" as represented by the media. Paying heed to this process, Elsner deliberately confuses the viewer, like in the series of elaborate and beautiful drawings depicting war scenes and natural disasters. It would seem that the statement "today, everything is aesthetic" could be seen as a rebellious and political artist's motto.



Solo exhibitions:

2007
- Raster, Warsaw, PL
- Deux Couleurs, Sutton Lane c/o Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, F

2006
- Between the gates, Museum Dhont-Daenens, Deurle, B
- Panorama, Medium, Gustavia, St. Barthélemy
- Panorama, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, D
- Panorama, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, D
- Panorama, Sutton Lane, London, UK
- Panorama, Johnen Galerie, Berli, D

2005
- GASAG - Kunstpreis 2005, Art Forum, Berlin, D
- Schöne Aussicht, Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne, D
- Rot Weiss, Kunsthaus Essen, Essen, D

2004
- Goscinna, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, D
- Kabinett im Kunsthaus Essen, Essen, D

2003
- Förderkoje, Förderprogramm der Art Cologne, Cologne, D

2002
- Der frühling naht, Ausstellungsraum de Ligt, Frankfurt am Main, D
- Ein geheimes Haus in einem geheimen Zimmer, Stellwerk, Kassel, D

2001
- Slawomir, Galeria Raster, Warszawa
- Mixed Pickles, Ausstellungsraum de Ligt, Frankfurt am Main, D (with Meike Dölp)
- Bagatt Showroom, Warsaw, Bialystok, PL

2000
- Künstlerhof Buch Gallery, Berlin (with Frieda Knapp)

1998
- The District Musem, Wodzislaw Slaski, PL
- Flux Gallery, Kassel, D

1996
- Flux Gallery, Kassel, D

Selected group exhibitions:

2006
Zurück zur Figur, Hypo-Kunsthalle, Munich, D
Is it better to be a good artist or a good person?, Raster at Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Painting S(e)oul, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
- Budny, Elsner, Ziolkowski, ADG - Kunstverein Nürnberg; Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, D
- Sammlung + Neuankaufe, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart Berlin, D

2005
- Yes,Yes,Yes, Sammlung Olbricht, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, D
- Ratatouille, 20.21 Galerie, Essen, D
- Poles Apart, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
- Sutton Lane in Paris, Sutton Lane c/o Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, F

2004
- Nowa Huta. Kunst aus polnischer Sicht, Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Muenster, D
- September 2103 - 100 Jahre Aquarellbluten, Kunst Klub Koeln, Cologne, D
- Interkosmos 2004, Raster, Warsaw, PL
- True lies, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, CH
- reality REAL, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, D
- Malerei, Galerie Johnen+Schoettle, Cologne, D
- 9. Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach, Fellbach, D
- heiraten lästern pumpen, ADG-Kunstverein Nürnberg, D
- Hohe Berge, tiefes Tal, Autocenter, Berlin, D
- True lies, Kallmann-Museum, Ismaning
- Leichte Arbeit, Kulturbrauerei, Berlin, D
- Malerei, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
- Pluzzle, Galerie Griedervonputtkamer, Berlin, D

2003
- Genie gs 3246, Oktogon der HfBK Dresden, D
- Selbst im weitesten Sinne, Kunstverein Marburg, D
- Kunstsommer, Kunstverein Oberhausen, D
- Galerie Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne, D

2002
- 19. Dokumentarfilm und Video Fest, Kassel, D
- Jahresgaben 02/03, Kunstverein Braunschweig e.V., D
- Get High, Galerie Projektraum der Khm, Cologne, D
- Die Spitze des Eisbergs, Galerie Förderkoje Berlin at art Frankfurt; Potocka Gallery, Cracow, PL

2001
- Good, Raster, Warsaw, PL
- 4. Kuenstlerfest, Kulturbahnhof, Kassel, D

1999
- Jour-Fixe 1999, Im Tal bei Erwin Wortelkamp, Hasselbach, D
- Galerie der Akademie, Munich, D