this installation is mostly about material and the comparison of various materials and formats. but for me the main material is time. long static shots explore ancient marble quarries located on the south slope of mount pentelikon. latest scientific studies show that the source material of the parthenon sculptures most likely was quarried from an area called "aspra marmara". scientist compared isotopes of countless quarries with the material of the sculptures. by using historical maps I was able to locate the ancient mining areas. what we can see are the traced of human activity. it's certainly no coincidence that the exceptional material, which the ancient geeks used to pay tribute to their oldest gods, was to be found on the summit of the mountain. the result of my investigation is a document created with the methods of modern cinema. what remains is the human being as a trace.
Long static cessations show the landscape.The recordings are neither explained nor commented upon.The filmmaker Frank Holbein deals with the nature and perception of remembrances in “11 ORTE”. The object under investi- gation is not at the other end of the world, but proverbially before the feet. During extensive hikes along a 250-km section of the former inner-German border, a film was created, the images of which are connected by the Memorial to the German Division Marienborn and the Borderlandmuseum Eichsfeld. Both memorial sites form the formal framework for the cinematic observation of the memorial landscapes along the former border.
the search for traces begins in a closed museum in okakarara in today's namibia. the facility is located on the border between commercial farmland and herero territory. The area southeast of Waterberg was the scene of bloody conflicts between herero and german troops in 1904. The battle was followed by the first genocide of the 20th century. important places of remembrance for a tribe that still suffers from the consequences of colonization today are located in the cinematically explored landscape. the installation was shown at the grassimuseum für völkerkunde zu leipzig as part of the exhibition „grassi invites#: 1 fremd“.
12/07/2019 – 17/07/2019 Diplomrundgang Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, Germany 07/02/2019 – 10/02/2019 Aspra Marmara Galerie KUB Leipzig, Germany
15/10/2018 – 28/10/2018 Night Screenings #4 „11 ORTE“ Feld Fünf Berlin / n.b.k Berlin, Germany 28/05/2018 Fines Terrae MEME Athens, Greece 21/05/2017 – 30/06/2017 Operation Grenze Gedenkstätte deutsche Teilung Marienborn, Germany
08/10/2015 One Night Stand #5KW Institut for Contemporary Art Berlin, Germany
17/04/2015 – 17/05/2015 22. Bundeswettbewerb: Kunststudenten und Kunststudentinnen stellen aus Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Bonn, Germany 08/11/2013 – 14/11/2013 RE 50 Earth Gallery Dresden, Germany 16/05/2013 – 25/05/2013 Transitions Galerie KUB Leipzig, Germany 24/04/2013 – 27/04/2013 Krise HGB Leipzig, Germany 25/05/2012 – 09/06/2012 Betriebsausflug Hinterconti Hamburg, Germany 20/02/2011 – 15/03/2011 Close Up!C/O Berlin, Germany
Frank Holbein, born in 1985 in leinefelde, germany, currently lives and works in leipzig and athens. the artist and filmmaker studied media art at the academy of fine arts leipzig and graduated as a student of Clemens von Wedemeyer in 2019. from 2011 until 2017 he was a member of the artist group many people. together with kiron guidi he is dedicated to the project space MEME since 2018. frank holbein participated in group shows among others at kunst- und ausstellungshalle der bundesrepublik deutschland bonn, C/O berlin, KW institut for contemporary art berlin, n.b.k. berlin and grassimuseum leipzig.