patterned insides

15.06.2024 — 29.06.2024

patterned insides

patterned insides

Paintings by Mihr Shahnazaryan; SUSI, joint project by: Nina Behnisch, Omani Frei, Tini Bot

Curation: Marvin Neidhardt; Aren Shahnazaryan


15.06., 19.00

Hole of Fame, Königsbrücker Str. 39, 01099 Dresden

Opening hours

16.06. - 29.06.

Thu / Fri

16.00 - 19.00

The exhibition patterned insides shows paintings and drawings by Mihr Shahnazaryan in the Hole of Fame together with the video installation SUSI, a joint project by Nina Behnisch, Omani Frei and Tini Bot.

This brings together two artistic positions that tackle visual representations of human inner life from two very different starting points, but come surprisingly close in the end.

For example, a series of oil paintings and digital drawings by Mihr Shahnazaryan provides insights into a series of landscape-like scenes modelled on motifs from the artist's dreams and pieces by J.S. Bach. Between their jumbled colours and contours, orientation recedes into the background in favour of forms of inner regularities - and the outlines of a kind of lonely walker can occasionally be made out.

The video work "SUSI", on the other hand, was created around the eponymous song by Dresden artist Tini Bot. The protagonist is representative of people without shelter who define themselves through hope, love and dreams despite the often hopeless fight against addiction. In the video work, the musical piece is depicted as the dance of a human silhouette moving within an invisible, confined space defined by geometric symbols and patterns.

In the Hole of Fame, Shahnazaryan's "walkers" move from the shop window into the semi-dark interior at the back of the exhibition space. There, two projectors show individual visual components of the video as well as SUSI. Those who wish to do so can make themselves comfortable on the couch with headphones and discover the components that make up the appearance of SUSI's inner life.

Text: Marvin Neidhardt

Nina Behnisch was born in Leipzig in 1997 and has been working in her own studio at Tapetenwerk, Leipzig, since 2016. Before studying Fine Arts at the HfBK Dresden - since 2020 in the class for digital and time-based media, Prof. Carsten Nicolai - she studied Biology and Art History (B.A.) at the University of Leipzig and the University of Bologna.
In her artistic work, she explores the conceptual interactions between science and art using media such as animation, digital drawing, graphics and painting.
Song "Susi" by Tini Bot, dancer Rika Yotsumoto, animation and editing Omani Frei, animation and symbols by Nina Behnisch

Susi stands for people without protection. People who often lose the battle against addiction, people with dreams, love, hope and a story.
The video combines four different levels. The starting point is the song "Susi" by singer-songwriter Tini Bot. The dancer Rika Yotsumoto interpreted the song in her performance, while Omani Frei created the drawn animation for it. And finally, Nina Behnisch designed 8 animated symbols inspired by the song lyrics. All four layers together make up the music video for "Susi".

Mihr Shahnazaryan
was born in Yerevan (Armenia) in 1988. He studied medicine at the Yerevan Mkhitar Heratsi State Medical University from 2005 to 2011. As Shahnazaryan has always had a great interest in art, especially painting, he took private lessons with the renowned Armenian sculptor, painter, graphic artist and poet Kamo Gyanjyan in 2008 and 2009. From 2011 to 2014, he completed his specialist training in neurosurgery at the Republican Medical Centre in Yerevan, and from 2015 to 2023 he completed his specialist training in neurosurgery at HELIOS Klinkum Erfurt in Germany. He has been working there as a specialist in neurosurgery since January 2023.

The series of selected images has been created since 2015, when Shahnazaryan began his specialist training in Germany. The series is called Moments from Dreams. Among the pictures in this series, however, there are also those to whose creation music has made a significant contribution, which is why some of them are named after the corresponding piece of music.


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