In her often space-consuming installations, Laura Schawelka makes use of photography, video, and sculpture in a multilayered dialog in which traditional deﬁnitions such as subject, image content, or image carrier are called into question.
Images are shown as larger than life or miniaturized; they become backgrounds or are equipped with props. In her latest works, the artist focuses on the role of photography in the development of modern consumer society – from the ﬁrst department stores in Paris to the present day. In doing so, she shines a light on online trade, among other things: What does it mean if goods are only communicated through other goods, computers, cell phones, tablets – in short, screens? If feeling something in a store is replaced by swiping on a touchscreen?
If this distance, this withholding of the genuine object, is precisely what prompts the desire for it in the ﬁrst place? These and other questions are at the heart of Schawelka’s work. The artist creates sales spaces without merchandise, in which images, photographs, and videos have replaced consumer goods of any kind.
Laura Schawelka (born in 1988 in Munich, lives and works in Berlin) studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt /Main, from which she graduated in 2013 as a student of Prof. Tobias Rehberger’s master- class. In 2015, she was awarded the Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, and in 2017 she moved to Paris as the recipient of a studio bursary of Hessische Kulturstiftung.