Brigitte Zieger, Bewildered, 2012
3 screen animated film, 12 minutes
Courtesy of the artist & Odile Ouizeman Gallery, Paris & Weigand Gallery, Berlin
Bewildered (2012) plunges us into the heart of an infinite animated forest, inspired by pastoral wallpaper motifs from the colonial period. Bewildered creates a world devoid of humans; protest banners and placards from bygone demonstrations lie abandoned in the forest and are the only clue to human presence and our recent political history. Zieger combines these symbols of utopian dreams to create a lost paradise, or perhaps an image of what is to come. Bewildered cleverly conveys the oxymoron between the domestic comfort of wallpaper and its ability to be used as an output for social and political messages.
Brigitte Zieger is a German artist, living and working in Paris. Her works have been shown internationally in numerous exhibitions such as Abracadabra at the Tate Gallery London, Prop Fiction at White Columns New York, Bang! Bang! at the CCA Kunsthalle Andratx in Mallorca, Facing the Wall at the MUDAC Lausanne, Fabulations et Vagabondages at the Contemporary Art Center Villa du Parc in Annemasse, The Digital Hand at the National Museum of Fine ArtsTaipei and this year Tirs Reloaded/Pacific Standard Time at the Here is Elsewhere Gallery in Los Angeles. Recent Solo Shows include Women are Different from Men at Odile Ouizeman Gallery in Paris, Counter-Memories at Weigand Gallery in Berlin and with Kara Walker,Shadow's Dream the Man at l'Aître St.Maclou in Rouen.
Brigitte Zieger develops an oeuvre which, in a subtle manner, undermines aesthetic forms and decorative patterns. She employs a whole range of media, such as drawings, cut outs, video and sculpture. Though her works initially appear ideal and harmonious, this perception slowly falls apart upon closer examination – explosive charges lurk everywhere. The artist bases her works on world events and the way in which they are perceived and conveyed by the media. She collects motifs online, uses press photographs from newspapers and television news, and incorporates these in her diverse "displays".