Research Fellowship · 2019

Katrin Nahidi: Man’s Inhumanity: Günther Uecker’s Conceptual History Paintings

Günther Uecker, installing Gerät (auf Wörtern), Kunsthalle Rostock 2016. Photo: Thomas Häntzschel/Fotoagentur Nordlicht Günther Uecker © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

In her research project, Katrin Nahidi analyzes one of the 14 works Uecker created for the ifa’s touring exhibition, which developed against the background of the 1992 radical right-wing riots in Rostock-Lichtenhagen, Implement (On Words). The core of her investigation is found in the linking of “conceptual art” and “history painting” that occurs in Uecker’s oeuvre: a “conceptual history painting.” Using this conceptual framework, Nahidi traces the relations between event and artwork. She vividly illuminates the work’s exhibition history and explores how it unfolded its cultural-political and cross-cultural impact.

Katrin Nahidi

Katrin Nahidi, born in Schwäbisch Hall in 1983, holds a doctorate in art history. She studied art history, history and culture of the Middle East, and modern German literature at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Her dissertation was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. In 2021, she received her PhD from Freie Universität Berlin for her thesis Modernism Revisited: Exhibitions, Cultural Politics, and Modernist Art Production in Iran. She is a researcher on global art and postcolonial theory at the University of Graz.

In this first volume of Notizen zu Uecker [Notes on Uecker], art historian and historian of the Middle East Katrin Nahidi analyzes Uecker’s work Implement (On Words).