Mutterkuchen, book cover (c) Anke Feuchtenberger 1995
Selected Works by Anke Feuchtenberger
The first major solo exhibition in the U.S. by German graphic artist Anke Feuchtenberger. Curated by UMass MFA student Bibiana Medkova, selected works by Feuchtenberger was on display at the Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst from June 26 through July 13, 2018.
Anke Feuchtenberger (b. 1963) was raised in East Berlin, where she trained as a graphic artist at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, motivated by the East German citizens’ movement, she co-founded the political artists’ collective PGH Glühende Zukunft—a group that ironically called itself the “Glowing Future Production Collective.”
In her comics, theater and political posters and other works, Feuchtenberger blends different artistic traditions, including German Expressionism. Her work frequently reflects her feminist activism by focusing on the relationship between women and their children and society. Since 1997, she has taught drawing and media illustration at the Academy of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany.
The Anke Feuchtenberger works were exhibited in concert with a four-week NEH Summer Institute on Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music and Film, co-directed by Skyler Arndt-Briggs and Barton Byg of the DEFA Film Library and the Program in German and Scandinavian Studies, in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
MFA candidate Bibiana Medkova is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in installation, photography, video and sound. Their work has been shown at Benaki Museum, Athens Greece (2015) and the Satellite Art Show, Miami FL (2016 & 2017). Their work has also been included in projects exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2017), MoMA PS1 (2015) and Petzel Gallery, New York (2017) and reviewed in Hyperallergic, ArtFCity and Feature Shoot. Their site-specific multi-media project Ghosted/Erased was at Smith College this past spring.