Anja Mamero lives and works in Kiel.

*1963 in Hamburg

The language of line in Anja Mamero’s work has an ambivalent character. It tells of the interdependence of Mamero’s needs, which move between the poles of order, dynamism and outburst. The straightness of a line is emblematic of order and expresses Mamero’s strong desire to give space to the chaos in her being, to her hurts and thoughts.

The lines, drawn in a rhythmic regularity, like a meditation, provoke this thought. By penetrating the paint, Mamero questions the line in terms of its unpredictable material and formal constitution. The background is also determined by the moment of unpredictability, recalling the feeling of breaking free. In the confrontation of the lines with the autonomy of the background, the ambivalence of Mamero’s work is reflected.

The numerous layers of colour create a physicality as they point the way into the depths. At times, the line exposes deep layers of paint by being scratched into the paint with a knife. Some lines are crossed or dip into the background. In contrast, other lines are overlapping and present themselves confidently in contrast to the background. Foreground and background are thus mutually dependent.

Although the line varies greatly in its constitution, it always remains autonomous in its character and finds its way. As a central element, it determines the process and is the carrier for the movements, which on the one hand give new space to order and security and on the other hand to outbreak and injury. This dynamising moment of confrontation forces Mamero to oppose the large format with all her physicality and freedom. Mamero thus not only poses the question of the constitution of the line, but also questions the space in between the line, the layer of paint, the image carrier and the individual.

[Paula Oltmann]


soon:             End of November 2024, Solo Exhibition, Bunker D, Kiel

soon:             End of June 2024, Solo Exhibition, Schwerin

soon:            June 2024, Group exhibition, Anscharpark, GEDOK-WERK-SHOW 2024

2024             LINE UP II, Solo exhibition, Town Gallery „Alte Post“, Sylt-Westerland

2024             Stipendiaten Group exhibition, the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts Kiel

2024             GROUPSHOW 24 for 24, ART.SALON Berlin, ARTNOW Gallery, Germany

2023 /24      70. Landesschau Schleswig-Holstein, Group exhibition, Germany

2023             QUADRAT, Kettenlager Gollan, Group exhibition, Lübeck, Germany

2023             DYADE, Group exhibition, Artistic positions from Mecklenburg and S-H

2023             New members, Group exhibition, GEDOK – SH Lübeck, Germany

2023             plus KONGLOMERAT, Group exhibition, Kiel, Germany

2022/23       69. Landesschau Schleswig-Holstein, Group exhibition, Kiel, Germany

2022             verRATEN, xpon-art Gallery, Group exhibition, Hamburg, Germany

2022             Experimente/ Experimenter, Denmark Kolding

2022             LINE UP, [Der Lokschuppen], Rendsburg

2022              AS A MATTER OF FORM, Fabrikstraße 12, Kiel

2022              Experimente/ Experimenter, Denmark Augustenbourg

2021               Weekend of the Museums, Kesselhaus Anscharpark, 24106 Kiel,

2021               Weekend of the Museums, artegrale, 24105 Kiel

2021               FUTUR3 Festival Kiel

2021               Kiel Studio Days 2021, Fabrikstraße 12, Kiel

2021               1700 years of Jewish life in Germany, Brunswiker Pavillon, Kiel

2020               MFA group exhibition, Flämische Straße, Kiel

2019               Solo exhibition lost & found, Kunstraum B, Kiel

2016                Atelier Days Kiel 2016

2015                Atelier Days Kiel 2015

2015                Artist books at SAUTTER & LACKMAN, Hamburg

2014 /15          61st Landesschau Schleswig-Holstein, Eutin Castle