IDENTITY NOMADS

A travelling international exhibition exploring identity, tradition and change in the 21st century

NEXT DESTINATIONS Mai 2020: Singapore (Postponed due to Corona precautions), September 2020: Cologne, Germany

FOREWORD

JUTTA ODENWÄLDER


Nomads are constantly on the move. They are seekers, movers, wanderers. Identity Nomads do the same, redefining themselves on their journey.

Our identity is the result of constant negotiations with the world around us, the beliefs we adopt or leave behind and the challenges we encounter along the way.

GREETING

IRA MUSNADI-WESKAMP


When I was asked if I could imagine organizing an international exhibition with Teguh Ostenrik, Lili Voigt, Odo Rumpf and Irene Lee in Asia and Europe under the motto “Identity Nomads”, I did not have to think about it for long.



TEGUH’S WORK

Internationally celebrated Painter and Sculptor, Teguh Ostenrik holds a Master Degree in Fine Arts
from Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany.

He has had more than one hundred solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Europe
(France, the Netherlands, Germany), Australia and throughout Asia.


THE OFFERING / PERSEMBAHAN

2019
Metal
Small elephant / Gajah kecil
Long 50cm, wide 30cm, high 20cm
Big elephant / Gajah besar
High 40 cm, wide 50 cm, depth 90 cm

THE OFFERING / PERSEMBAHAN

TEGUH OSTENRIK ABOUT IDENTITY NOMADS

What inspired you to create your work for Identity Nomads?


Facere magni architecto ratione etiam magna

You are the largest on the land, the proud elephant
Roam with your herd, following the step to measure the world
Dreaming in standing position, you look awesome
Your long memories try to learn to forget the weak
You spread the seed of life in every step
I am grieving to see you fall and you have to struggle to stand back up
Did you ask your friend “Would you get my tail?”

You are the largest on the land, the proud elephant
Roam with your herd, following the step to measure the world
Dreaming in standing position, you look awesome
Your long memories try to learn to forget the weak
You spread the seed of life in every step
I am grieving to see you fall and you have to struggle to stand back up
Did you ask your friend “Would you get my tail?”

TEGUH CREATING THE OFFERING / PERSEMBAHAN


LILI’S WORK

NOMADS

LILI VOIGT ABOUT IDENTITY NOMADS

What inspired you to create your work for Identity Nomads?


Identity: Self-image and ideals.
The individual pursuit of happiness determines the behavior of mankind on their planet. Money,
technology and media have become substitute gods worshipped by modern society. In their exorbitant craving for recognition men become “wannabegods” between self-realization and self-loss.
Sooner or later, everywhere and nowhere, they revel in their impossible presence in the “network world” and celebrate the irrational rationality.

The circle closes. The old and the new nomads leave their footprints. After the end of civilization we are all barefooted again.

NOMADS

Edition 10
2019
Digital Photography
3 Parts
Each 84 x 60 cm

Study of photography. Postgraduate studies and diploma of audiovisual media at the Kunsthochschule
für Medien Köln (Master studies).

Continuous activity as media artist. Numerous exhibitions, audio-visual performances and concerts
combining visual arts such as paintings, videos, language and electronic music.


UNIVERSAL GOD

2019
Lightprojection
Lenght: Loop

Digitalprint
60 x 60 cm

ACCESS ALL ARENAS
IDENTITY NOMADS

Series of 4 motives
Edition 10
2018
Digital photography
60 x 84 cm

To me personally, the “Identity Nomads” exhibition presents a counter-concept to the global trend of exclusion and isolation.By connecting (un)social media and politics, the world is at risk of becoming trivialized.
Emotions not facts get center stage. Fake news can hardly be distinguished from real stories anymore. This opens the door for manipulation into false beliefs. We are being distracted from the truth and true issues.
The artist can make a case for understanding and reflecting on others with an open mind, guided by a sense of respect and appreciation of that which is different.This exhibition can inspire not to judge, but to grow with the encounters of “foreign” and “other” we experience in our lives.


ODO’S WORK

GANESH HOMESTAY

2019
Stonecast concret statue, burned plastic car toy
High 100 cm, wide 60 cm, depth 48 cm

ODO RUMPF ABOUT IDENTITY NOMADS

What inspired you to create your work for Identity Nomads?


I have visions of Cyborgs and Bionic beings being conceived to constantly reinvent themselves, fusing beliefs and myths of present and future. These are Nomads of a new kind, constantly on the move to seak out the unknown.

Engineering degree in MechanicalEngineering (Dipl. Ing. Maschinenbau, RWTH Aachen)
1991 free-lance artist, collaboration and studio art studies with Prof Thomas Virnich, Braunschweig Art Akademie


RESURRECTION

2019
Stonecast concret statue, metalscrap, rebar
High 167 cm, wide 105 cm, depth 73 cm

CONNECTING MACHINE

2015
Stonecast concret statue, metalscrap
High 125 cm, wide 37 cm, depth 36 cm

SPACE DOG

2019
Stonecast concret statue and metalscrap
High 65 cm, wide 81 cm, depth 42 cm

RADIO MEDITATION

2015
Stonecast concret statue, metalscrap, electronic boards, bamboo
High 147 cm, wide 40 cm, depth 37 cm

Odo, citizen of the world. My curiosity drives me to discover how different people live on our planet. What do we have in common? What makes us different? What values do we hold and what is it we believe in?

I am naturally inquisitive about the world and I find the unfamiliar especially enticing.
I am ready to immerse myself in this new, exciting world, ready to observe and experience unconditionally, with all my senses. I want to think, feel, taste and learn to understand those friends I have not even met. But it also makes me reflect on myself, who I am and who I am not.

Can I be different and stay the same? Does our upbringing, faith or values separate us?
Would we be the same if we had grown up in each other’s place?
Everything that resonates with me is analyzed, compared, evaluated and stored.

The artist in me is constantly at work, clandestinely sketching, drawing, designing.
Materials, machines, and tools are being recruited and employed along the way.
Eventually everything comes together and something new is conceived.

Palingenesis as an expression of all synergies and auras.


NOSTALGIA

2019
Chinese ink on rice paper
69 x 138 cm

IRENE S.M. LEE ABOUT IDENTITY NOMADS

What inspired you to create your work for Identity Nomads?


In the series for „Identity Nomads“ I am expressing via Chinese writing, the search for my roots, ancestry, nostalgia for and recollections of the past.

Dr. Irene S. M, Lee or Irene studied Chinese calligraphy and brush painting under masters from the Shanghai School golden stone style in Singapore, and a master calligrapher in Tokyo.


NOSTALGIA FOR OLD

2019
Chinese ink on rice paper
69 x 138 cm

SEARCH FOR TREASURE

2019
Chinese ink on rice paper
69 x 138 cm

NOSTALGIA

2019
Chinese ink on rice paper
69 x 138 cm

DANCE

2019
Chinese ink on rice paper
69 x 138 cm

The digital revolution has brought about technologies like virtual reality, cloud, 5G, new media etc… and we can be everywhere without actually going anywhere. As digital nomads, we can have multiple identities online, avatars and illusions that can transcend time, space and reality. Hence we need our roots.

Chinese calligraphy is considered the supreme visual art form prized above all other art forms in traditional China. It was established as the major art form during the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE) and has thrived for two millennia thereafter. Chinese Calligraphy is more than mere writing and it emphasises expressing one’s emotions. It is an exercise that coordinates the mind, spirit and body in bringing across
the message or content of the writing. It is a most uplifting yet highly disciplined exercise indeed for one’s physical well-being and spiritual cultivation.

In this calligraphy series for the Identity Nomad exhibition, I am expressing the search for my roots, my ancestry, nostalgia for and recollections of the past, the colourful treasure trove of our cultural history and identity, and dance of my soul!
I am human and not a bot.


GLOBAL CONTACT

Ira Musnadi-Weskamp
Email: ira.weskamp@t-online.de
Mobile, WhatsApp: + 49-151-14955506

We are looking forward to receive a message about our work, please contact us.


IGNATIA NILU, Curator

Congratulations to the artists who have given their experiences shape and body, so that others can share them with them.”