Almost personal (some short, then very short chapters): Videos and films by Städelschule friends

Featuring works by Dudu Quintanilha, Kim Hee Jae, Alicja Wysocka, Wei Yang,Gasper Kunsic, Juliet Carpenter, Valentin Noujaim, Vera Varlamova, Nooshin Askari, Amalie Lorentzen

“The first screening of Almost Personal (some short, then very short chapters),  named No Deckel, took place at a small, quiet and familiar bar in Frankfurt. It was a series of very short debut films by my friends that were only shown a few times or never shown because of their shyness. 

Almost Personal (some short, then very short chapters) is a slightly more grown-up version of No Deckel, including films by my 10 artist friends that I love and adore very much. To me, their films all have very personal elements, very individualistic yet sometimes foreign ways of expression. This series of films has debut films, and many films I saw at their graduation exhibitions. I hope that the screening also sends back to my friends, quite ambiguously but also clearly, the way I love them.”

– Nguyễn Thuỷ Tiên

Wei Yang, Golden Marriage, 2020 | 2:50

Golden Marriage is a trailer that features raw clips from my grandparents’ Golden Wedding ceremony in 2012. In the background, my mother’s voice discusses the relationship of her parents, adding depth to the portrayal of their long-lasting marriage. Through the use of non-chronological moments and layering, I create various silhouettes that represent the complexity of our family’s story. By doing so, I hope to translate this personal and isolated event into a public language.

Gasper Kunsic, Mein ZuHause (Sing with me), 2021 | 12:00

what is home, what is homeland

how does it feel when you really love somebody

and how when your heart breaks

feelings of affection and desire

for romantic involvement switch

between body, object, place

the absence of a clear answer

keeps us moving on



Kim Hee Jae, Good Neighbors, 2021 | 34:19

Good Neighbors (2021) lis an omnibus single-channel video. All 6 episodes each have different titles , , , , , . Each episode displays “sticky communal love” which is universally accumulated in a socio-cultural framework in the form of a black comedy. Six stories twist the universal emotion “love” and seek to find the meanings of community, and eventually give an answer to the question of what social facts allow us to be “us”. This video also unveils how the emotion of “love”, which is in the socio-structural characteristics derived from the sustained common conception, is disguised, reflected and sublimated so it can covertly exist in the society. Good Neighbors (2021) presented in a dramatic way by going back and forth between the form of documentary and fiction.

Alicja Wysocka, Garden Gang (Politics of Land), 2021 | 3:00

Juliet Carpenter, Dizzy, 2022 | 11:54

Amalie Lorentzen, Erhöre mich, 2023 | 12:42

Vera Varlamova, gallery204, 2019 | 5:01

Valentin Noujaïm, LA DEFENSE VOLUME 1, 2022 | 16:30

In 1979, Pacific Club opened in the basement of La Défense – a business district of Paris. This is the first nightclub for Arabs from the suburbs. Azedine, then 18 years old, tells us the forgotten story of this club.

Nooshin Askari

 موتوا قبل ان تموتوا




Wei Yang is an artist based in Liuzhou, China and Frankfurt, Germany.

Gašper Kunšič (b. 1992, Slovenia) studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and at Städelschule Frankfurt am Main. Gašper Kunšič often uses his own biography as a point of departure for his artistic practice, adopting exhibition processes to alter the course of private and collective histories. Encompassing mixed media, many of his works incorporate visual references from his native Slovenia and larger ex-Yugoslavian space and manifest as spatial installations through which the artist translates personal relationships into trans-media forms. He lives and works in Frankfurt and Vienna.

Alicja Wysocka was born in Poland. She is currently graduating from Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in the class of Haegue Yang. She holds a Master’s degree in graphic design from Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland. Interested in exploring alternative economic models and common community-based forms of coexistence such as crafts making, rituals, forms of collaborations which might function as a collective therapeutic experience, she creates site specific video installations, objects, and situations.
Recent social projects include the Ushirika Cooperative (since 2017) and Solstice/Equinox (since 2018). She co-organized the International Congress of Art Cooperatives in 2022, hosted by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Selected group shows: Centre of Contemporary Art in Warsaw. 2017, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2020, Garage Gallery Prague, 2021, Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 2021, Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2021, The Fairest: Teaser 02, Berlin, 2021, Kunsthalle Wiesen, 2023. Solo shows: Jo-anne Gallery in Frankfurt, 2021, Akademie SchlossSolitude in Stuttgart, 2021; Wunderkammer in Stuttgart, 2021; fffredrich gallery, Frankfurt am Main, 2023. Selected art residencies: JAF Indonesia, 2019; Akademie Schloss Solitude, 2020; Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, 2021; Sofia Goethe Institute, 2021; Hestia Belgrade, 2022; Jan van Eyck Akademie, Netherlands, 2022-2023. Prizes and scholarships: DAAD Prize, 2018; Scholarship of Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, 2017; Scholarship of the City of Warsaw, 2019.

Hee Jae Kim (b. 1991) works between Seoul, Berlin and Frankfurt. Hee Jae has been exploring many different types of communities such as families, lovers, nations, neighborhoods, religions, etc. in the past few years. Starting from the concern for community, the artist focused on the themes such as sense of belonging, communication, breakaway/escape, connection, migration and drift. The artist has been thinking about these subjects by asking herself what does it mean to “be together” in a world dominated by its language and old customs. She has been investigating the strong identity of “we” and the motivation to have a sense of belonging. At the same time, the artist is broadening her interest particularly in the contradiction of the solidarity that continues to fail despite craving for being in “we”. The artist has also been working on her work lately with interest in the power inherent in ‘storytelling’ in the community. She sees the potential of functional and entertaining elements of traditional myths and legends by combining them with the idea of “creating the new universe” recently used by K-pop musicians and their companies or in some video games. By drawing on the characteristics of storytelling into the work, which is delivered when spaces and times are entangled and spun , she unravels the narrative of the common solidarity that takes place around marginalized people, events, and places with unique cynical humor. ٩( ᐛ )و

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