Eva Schmeckenbecher, * 1977, based in Stuttgart, is a German artist with the focus of video, photography and installation.
She studied in Stuttgart and Nürnberg and has exhibited in different parts of Germany, in France, Russia, Poland and Great Britain.
She received several scholarships and is member of the DFA (Deutsche Fotografische Akademie).
Since 2016 she collaborates with the Chilean composer Héctor Moro.
Together they have developed several video works and sound installations.
Pedro Lemebel`s text „Manifesto“ was the start point for this work.
It describes the conditions of being homosexual and poor in a patriarchal society with all the disadvantages that this situation brings.
The music and the images respond emotionally to the words and expand them at a sensorial level.
As an answer to Lemebel we chose similarly compromised writers and artists that also tried to change society through their work (Rimbaud, Arno Schmidt, Herbert Huncke, Francis Bacon).
The piece works as a unity although the sources are so dissimilar.
A wall is an architectural construction and a metaphor for border and protection.
The video work "The Wall" consists of individual sequences in which photographies of pieces of wall are the object of simple, physical actions.
They are processes of investigation and penetration.
Touching, scanning, dissecting, skinning, tearing, crumpling photos also changes the bricks on the image stage.
The motif, image and material are transferred into the three-dimensional or sculptural field - and through sounds into the temporal dimension.
The photographed masonry is present in a new way.
The medium of photography becomes an open white surface, rough and empty, and a light, flexible object with wrinkles, cracks and light reflections.
In this video, an ID card is the subject of investigation.
By literally reflecting (with a mirror), the face of the person in the photo changes constantly.
The function of the photo as proof of identity is broken by video cuts, duplications, repetitions, size changes, overlays.
A person dissolves in a pattern of himself.
The question of who we are, beyond nationality, is open.