GERMANY: Urban Art Archive and Streetart Documentation – Kollektive Offensive – Frankfurt, Erfurt, Jena & Berlin

Colours on the wall! Today we have another special graffiti article for you. We introduce you to the group Kollektive Offensive from Germany. They are photographers, documentators and historians for urban art, street creations or just odd things you find behind a bench. And they are preserving the interesting stuff from the city for more than a decade on their platform. Since 2010, the collective has been extensively documenting graffiti, creativity and oddities around town.

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SWITZERLAND: Photographer Marie Formica aka MATA HARIE – Intimacy, Soul Food and Touching Hands – Lausanne

The great photographs of MARIE FORMICA aka MATA HARIE are breathtakingly honest, they fascinate with their intimate moments that we all know but can never see ourselves like this. The creative artist from the Swiss city Lausanne at the Lake Geneva photographed these people in their most human moments, sometimes laughing, sometimes sad, sometimes angry, or just pensively daydreaming. As well she has a special fable for hands, their structures and anatomical conditions. In an intersting interview she tells us about her photography art and creative doings.

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GERMANY: Photographer Pierre Zornik – Project Photogenic and PicZor Platform

Today we introduce you to a great photographer from Heilbronn in Germany, who is also a member of the Vagbundler network and has already made a lot of interesting contributions to our archive. Pierre Zornik has been a passionate photographer for many years, and some time ago he set up his own creative photography label called PicZor. Check out the interview we did with the creative artist.

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GERMANY: Photographer Jörg Rudolph – Dosenkunst – Graffiti in the Rhine-Main-Area

Today we are going to introduce you to a terrific website that had a great impact on me and basically was together with some other important platforms and magazines an inspiring factor to start this Vagabundler project. For more than ten years now, the platform Dosenkunst by photographer Jörg Rudolph has been delivering fantastic graffiti material from the Rhine-Main area in Germany or from overseas, with awesome making-of reports, extensive background information and adventurous Urbex stories.

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GERMANY: BUGA Areal Heilbronn – Nature Makro Close Ups

The annual Federal Garden Show (Bundesgartenschau) of 2019 took place from April 17th to October 6th in Heilbronn. On around 40 hectares between the old arm of the river Neckar and the new Neckar Canal there were heaps of garden constructions, plants and flowers exhibitions and a seperate three-hectare city project with 23 architecturally innovative buildings presented. The green relaxing area is still there and the council keeps it running with cultural events, music concerts or nature workshops. This little innercity flower and insect paradise is open for visitors after paying an enctrance fee. Here is a new 2020 collection of recent nature close up shots by the Heilbronn based photographer André Gellrich.

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ISRAEL: Photographer Dana Arieli – The Phantom Project

If you really want to get over a trauma you have to deal especially with the painful parts and even more difficult is to accept and admit own failures and unpopular reasons or relations. To ask questions and open a discussion about it is a start and can be done in many different ways. As well with a kind of informative and artistic help to sociocultural psychotherapy. The photographer and historian Dana Arieli from Israel captures the relics of the past and highlights the different aspects of dealing or not-dealing with its remains. As a history professor she is continuously introducing ancient times and gone moments to the present.

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GERMANY: Fotojörg and Graffiti Magazine MAINSTYLE

The photographer Jörg Udo Kuberek, or just “Fotojörg” for short, started documenting Frankfurt graffiti and street paintings at the end of the 1980s. In the beginning there were political slogans on facades or funny slogans on toilet walls, but soon the passionate motivational seeker came across the colorful wild style, characters and just the right graffiti. Over the years, several thousand pictures from the Main metropolis and the region have accumulated – you’d have to print it! The idea for the Mainstyle magazine was born, but initially only seven print editions in black and white were published at the beginning of the 90s. To be exactly, the first one went out on 24th of July in 1990. After a short break with various photo exhibitions on urban street art, but also on other themes such as “Abandoned Places”, Fotojörg went online with Mainstyle in 2011.

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GERMANY: Creative Hub Chausseehaus – Kreativnomade

The Kreativnomade is settling down. At least spatially, the inspiration remains free. Sam Khayari is truly called the painter, photographer and visual artist, but many in the Rhine-Main region are more familiar with his stage name and his works or the events he organizes. The wandering has but now an end. Sam has found the ideal building and a new home for art, culture and music in Rüsselsheim. He calls it creative Hub himself. In a restaurant that has been vacant for 20 years from 1887, after a long and loving work, the creative center of the Kreativnomaden has now opened, the Chausseehaus.

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LAOS: Basile Morin – Ambigrams on the 4000 Islands

During our Laos Trip last year we didn´t only come across the wonderful toilet graffitis, we encountered as well several other mysteries in the jungle and the Mekong scenery. The river island Don Det is only accessable by boat, there are no cars, but therefore bicycles and scooters. And as well there is the Baba Guesthouse. This nice lodge was our accommodation on the idyllic place, a perfect little paradise for relaxing. Above all it turned out that the owner is a French artist who is occupied with poems, pixel photography and ambigrams. And what´s this now again? We didn´t know the word either, but you could describe it as some kind of geometrical writing art.

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GERMANY: Niko Neuwirth – Frankfurter Nächte, „FACING EUROPE“ and „Analog Frankfurt

We had the artist Niko Neuwirth in the studio at Radio X as a guest. A talented photographer and busy actor in the Frankfurt scene. Niko is a member of the Syndikat Artists, takes photos for the Landungsbrücken, is a studio neighbor of the Tanzhaus West, is currently rebuilding the Blaue Haus and continuously fills his creative photo series “Frankfurter Nächte“, “FACING EUROPE” and “Analog Frankfurt” with new ones works. The WILD exhibition was also in the Haus am Dom. Here is the podcast of the interview (in German), in the article you will find quotes and more information about Nikos work. In the Infothek at the end are all contact details.

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