HFBK Dresden – Diploma Exhibition 2015

Diploma Exhibition 2015 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden (HFBK Dresden).

The Academy of Fine Arts Dresden (HFBK Dresden) is a German university of visual arts with a high international reputation. The illustrious list of alumni ranges from famous names such as Karl August Senff, Carl Gustav Carus, Fedor Flinzer to well known contemporary artists such as Gerhard Richter, Thomas Reichstein, Eberhard Havekost, and many others.

Every year, I try to visit the diploma exhibition of the HFBK Dresden. It’s interesting to see that the annual theses are always in a constant state of flux. They are not only influenced by personal preferences and tastes – also current affairs and trends exert a strong influence. The young artists dealing with various subjects of fears or pleasures, their own self-perception, our society, up to fictional visions of the future. This year I was invited by Diana Wehmeier (one of the 2015 graduates) to a guided tour. I have to say, it was a pleasure to talk to her. She provided me with lots of additional information to various graduates and their work. Below you can see some impressions of the 2015 Diploma show. The exhibition is running until August 30, 2015.

Diana Wehmeier's U.S.S. PLASMA 8105 theses at the HFBK Dresden, photo by Baldauf & Baldauf Photography.
Diana Wehmeier’s U.S.S. PLASMA 8105 theses at the HFBK Dresden, photo by Baldauf & Baldauf Photography.
U.S.S. PLASMA 8105 – Diploma by Diana Wehmeier, Image by Baldauf&Baldauf Photography.
U.S.S. PLASMA 8105 – Diploma by Diana Wehmeier, Image by Baldauf&Baldauf Photography.

The U.S.S. (Universe Space Ship) Plasma 8105 is part of Diana Wehmeier’s fictional vision of life in the year 3015: We use black holes to travel to other galaxies and parallel universes. Our means of transport are made of light and plasma. Her thesis is mainly influenced by four science fiction movies: Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, Star Trek, and A Space Odyssey. The result is a large-scale installation of light, video projections, and acrylic glass.

Diploma 2015 by Georg Lisek, photo by Matthias Blumhagen.
Diploma 2015 by Georg Lisek, photo by Matthias Blumhagen.
Diploma 2015 by Nadja Kurz, photography by Diana Wehmeier.
Diploma 2015 by Nadja Kurz, photography by Diana Wehmeier.
Painting by Benjamin Hummitzsch of his thesis from 2015.
Painting by Benjamin Hummitzsch of his thesis from 2015.
Thesis by Marten Schech, photo taken by Matthias Blumhagen.
Thesis by Marten Schech, photo taken by Matthias Blumhagen.

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