Alissa Ritter

lives and works/studies in Düsseldorf

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Over the past years I became interested in memories. I was working on a documentary film for my bachelor’s thesis, dealing with the relation between textiles, memories, and identity. While looking at the intimate stories that are portrayed in the short film, it brought me back to my own childhood memories and the connection I had to textile handcraft. I recognized that there is a very specific moment that opens the portal to those memories. That moment can be described as a hard-to-place nostalgia, where certain materials or items provoke internal dialogues concerned with questions of social origin, belongingness, and identity. These very common materials can be anything from plastic tablecloths to press-on fingernails – items that are stimulating to me in a way, which can be funny or sexual or fascinating. I try to look at the material itself and its shape and the associations that are created in a specific social setting. The found materials are often combined with handcrafted textile objects, which serve as a bridge to a memory that can be experienced through traces of physical movement.

   

Biography

1995
born in Duisburg, DE
2014
A-levels
2016-21
Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Art and English, teaching profession Gymnasium/Gesamtschule, degree: Bachelor of Arts
seit 2020
Studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, free art (focus on painting/textile/installation) class Yeşim Akdeniz, guest class Ellen Gronemeyer
2022
Germany Scholarship, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
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Selected Solo
and Group Exhibitions

2022 D.8CHT, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
CUBUDE, Cubus Kunsthalle, Duisburg G)
Assembly of Beasts, Plants and Stones: For me it was like the paradise you don't enter, curated by Haris Giannouras as part of the Winter Tour of the Düsseldorf Art Academy (G)
2021 Error Art Festival, Dinslaken, curated by Jan Philipp Nühlen and Joanne Rodriguez (G)
2020 Erinnerungsgeflechte, Baustelle Schaustelle, Essen, curated by Brigitte Krieger und Katharina Bruns (S)
Repurpose Textile, Caritas Düsseldorf, Krefelder Kunstverein, MMIII Kunstverein Mönchengladbach, curated by Wilko Austerman (G)

   

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