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Hiwa K's body of work escapes normative aesthetics to allow for vernacular forms, oral histories, modes of encounter, and political situations. The repository of his references consists of stories told by family members and friends, coincidences as well as forms of everyday life that are the result of pragmatics and necessity. Hiwa K's works are presented at documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens, and in a solo show at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017). He was involved in group shows such as the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), “La Triennale, Intense Proximity”, Paris (2012) and Manifesta 7, Trentino (2008).

Ahmet Öğüt works across a variety of different media often picking up on an urban environment. With an eye for daily encounters and moments of improvisation his works address topics such as structural inequality, state suppression, censorship and forms of resistance. He had solo exhibitions among others at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2015), and Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015). In 2017 he is participating in documenta 14 and NSK State Pavilion in Venice.

Marinella Senatore's artistic practice merges forms of protest and learning theatre, music and film, while reflecting on the political dimension of collective formations and how they generate a potential for social change. Next to her performative practice she explores urban issues and social topics through paintings, collages, installations, video, photography and sound. Recent solo shows were held at the Queens Museum, New York (2017), and Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris (2016). She participated in the 13e Biennale de Lyon (2015), 5th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art (2015) and shows  at MAXXI Museum, Rome (2014).

Michael E. Smith's objects and pictures as well as his videos seem like physical reconstructions of emotional disfigurement, his exhibitions like an archeology of humanity. He counters the ecological and economic disaster of our era with a materialism of basic needs, displayed as a layout of ruined bodies. His latest exhibitions include solo shows at De Appel, Amsterdam (2015), and Kunstverein Hannover (2015), as well as group shows at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017), Gladstone Gallery, New York (2016), and Ellis King, Dublin (2015).

Tobias Zielony's critical aproach to social documentarism manifests in a specific aesthetic in relationship with fiction. People are often portrayed in a casual fashion that is sensitive of the visual language, gestures and poses a person uses to set their stage. In 2015 the artist participated at a group show for the German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale with his work “The Citizen” (2015). He had group shows for example at Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Brussels (2015) and the 2nd Montevideo Biennial and was represented in solo exhibitions at Berlinische Galerie (2013) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2011) among others.

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Alexander Koch
Nikolaus Oberhuber

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Shown at LISTE:

Ahmet Ögüt , 1981,

Michael E. Smith, 1977, US

Tobias Zielony, 1973, DE

Hiwa K, 1975, IQ

Marinella Senatore, 1977, IT