Material:  Drawing on paper, 1986-1987

PlaceThe Norwegian Drawing Association, Oslo (N)

Curator:  Elise Storsveen (N)

Photo: Stefan Schröder

The National People’s Army (NVA) of Eastern Germany was an important tool of the state to demonstrate its totalitarian power and to teach young adults, that their individual desires were of no importance for the benefit of the social­ist idea. Several mechanisms worked inside of the army, some genuinely hierarchic, some triggered by collective self-control. For a lot of East German young men, those 18 months of service belonged to the most difficult and humiliating times of their life. Many of them developed personal ways of escapism in order to stay mentally undisturbed by the daily grind in the barracks. Stefan Schröder, who served in 1986/87 chose drawing as his tool to endure this time and moreover, he drew self-portraits as if to make sure his identity and his self esteem remained unafflicted.

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Materialphotography and installation

Place:  RAKE visningsrom Trondheim (N), 2015

Co-curator:  Vigdis Haugtrø (N)

Photo: Stefan Schröder

In the picture of Stefan Schröder is an exhibition that consists of two photo-series, an installation and a sculpture situated in the gallery’s outdoor space. The photo-series show pictures of Stefan in various situations and life-phases. In all of the images, he is engaged in some form of construction project.

 Construction has always been a major component in Schröder’s output, and runs like a red thread through his work. When not working on his own monumental creations, he has been employed as an exhibition technician at The National Museum, and as a carpenter, construction-worker and bricklayer for friends and acquaintances.

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Materil: analog c-print

Place: Preus museum, Horten (N)

Curator: Hanne Holm-Johnsen, (N)

Photo: Stefan Schröder

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Material:  sugar on metal shelves, 3 x 3,4 x 2,5m

Place:  Tornhout, (B) public school

Curator: Luk Van Soom, Rijkevorsel (B)

Photo: Stefan Schröder

The sense of life combines drawing, installation and interviews. It looks like an archive and it stores something valuable in an appropriate way: thoughts, written by school children from Tournhout (B). This thoughts were hand written, directly into a thin layer of caster sugar spread across several metal shelves. The work constituted a research project about the meaning of life, based on interviews among teenagers. The sense of life made these ideas transparent to the public.



Material: yellow pigment, disks of Fermacell, steel wire and french plaster, 22 x 16 x 1,2m

Place: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden (1996)

Curator: Claudia Reichart, Dresden

Photo: Rüdiger Lange, Dresden

Das Feld (The Field) combines a reduced repertory of shapes using serial production and the extension and arrangement of surfaces by means of rows. Four thousand machine-made rotating disks sprinkled with yellow pigment and supported on thin steel rods created a field of 16 by 30 metres. This was developed with reference to the heavily damaged main auditorium of the Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden and was exhibited during the winter. The highest temperature inside the hall during the exhibition was around five degrees below zero. Das Feld can be seen as a monumental monochrome painting in space.

Das feld Dresden

Material:  analog c - print

Place:  Neue Galerie Dachau, (GER)

Curator:  Dr. Jutta Mannes, München (GER)

Photo: Stefan Schröder

German Text by J. Mannes: Contributor nennt Stefan Schröder sein 2004 begonnenes, fortlaufendes autobiographisches Fotoprojekt. Es zeigt ihn, einen freischaffenden Künstler, bei verschiedensten Tätigkeiten, etwa beim Aufbau einer Ausstellung, bei der Ausfertigung der Arbeit einer Künstlerkollegin, bei Dacharbeiten in seinem Dresdner Atelier oder beim Rasenmähen. Dies dokumentiert seine diversen Talente und große Vielseitigkeit, die er als gelernter Baufacharbeiter (mit Abitur) mitbringt. Anders als viele seiner Kollegen betrachtet er diese Nebenjobs nicht als reinen Broterwerb aus ökonomischer Notwendigkeit, der ihm freies künstlerisches Arbeiten erst ermöglicht. Auch hierin sieht er ausreichend Möglichkeiten sein künstlerisches Potential zu entfalten. Diesen Blick hinter die Kulissen eines Künstlerlebens rückt er bei seiner Langzeitstudie ins Zentrum der künstlerischen Auseinandersetzung.

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Material: Powder sugar on MDF, wood, 2013

Place: The Vigeland Museum, Oslo

Curator: Guri Skuggen, Oslo

Photo: Stefan Schröder

ARKIVET Mine tanker, dine handlinger er et stedsspesifikt arbeid plassert i Monolittsalen i Vigeland-museet i Oslo og ble vist under Skulpturbiennalen 2013. Arkivet inneholder tankene til ungdommer i alderen 14 til 16 år. I forkant av utstillingen har elever fra ulike skoler i Oslo blitt invitert til Vigeland-museet der de har blitt introdusert for Gustav Vigelands kunst. Dette møtet har vært et utgangspunkt for egne refleksjoner rundt ting ungdommene selv er opptatt av. Elevene har deretter blitt bedt om å skrive ned noen av sine tanker i et tynt lag med melis på hyllene i arkivet. Arkivet fungerer dermed som en åpen møteplass for tanker. Det kan være helt ubrukelige, rare, banale eller kontroversielle tanker. Personlige, politiske eller nytenkende tanker. Verket utgjør således et tankearkiv som reflekterer den store verden rundt, eller inne i oss.

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