about

Sebastian Fritzsch
Photo©Martin Rottenkolber

What traces do humans leave behind in the world? How do they locate themselves in this complex structure of relationships, memories, signs and gestures? 

As a filmmaker, Sebastian Fritzsch encounters these questions with the means of narration, while his photographic gaze captures the charm of moments and their poetry. Intuitively and quasi dissecting, he gropes his way as a painter, drawer and sculptor through the layers of his own inner landscapes, which reach far back into his own biographical past. In the ritualized gesture of expression he develops his own linguistic repertoire of recurring signs, „primitive“ and sacred, between withdrawal and transformation. 

Sebastian Fritzsch

*1977 in Cologne (DE), is visual artist and filmmaker, lives and works in Odenthal and Cologne (DE)

Education

2010-2011 Participation in the screenwriting program of the ifs – internationale filmschule köln

2003-2009 Studied artistic photography with Jürgen Klauke and film directing amongst others with Robert van Acker, Frank Döhmann und Slawomir Idziak at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM)

2002-2003 Studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig

1998-2003 Studied theatre and cultural studies at the Humboldt-University in Berlin

Collaborative Projects

2009-2010 Offspace Loge, together with Rabea Kiel, Axel Pötschke and Thomas Wegner 

2012-2016  Founder and director of the exhibition series TOTALE, Maschinenhaus Essen, Zeche Carl

Grants

2019 Kunststiftung NRW, Publishing grant

2012 Film- und Medienstiftung NRW und Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein for the movie Endzeit 

2008 Film- und Medienstiftung NRW for the movie Spuren 

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2019 Kammer, GOLD+BETON, Cologne

2018 ÜBER SETZEN, Galerie DD 55, Cologne

2018 Chapter III, Kunstraum die Wohnung, Düsseldorf

2015 Digitalis, Galerie DD 55, Cologne

2013 P.A.T.R.I.C.K., Otto Rix, Berlin

2011 Standortsuche, Galerie Schütte, Essen

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2019 T45, Polymedialer Ponyhof, Berlin

2018 Lodgers #15, M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp(BE)

2016 How things shouldn’t be done, Galerie Clement & Schneider, Bonn

2016 UNDER THE SURFACE, Galerie DD 55, Cologne

2014 Unter der Haut, Sur la Montagne (SlaM), Berlin

2012 Auf dem Boden der Tatsachen, Kunsthaus Essen

2010 There will never be problems again, Kunsthaus Essen

2010 Sense of Wonder, Dortmunder U – Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativität, Dortmund

Collections

Collection of the City of Cologne

Private collection, Essen

Private collection, Cologne 

Private collection, Berlin

Filmography (Selection)

2013 Endzeit, movie (AT/DE), 90 min., Premiere at the Berlinale in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, international premiere at the Busan International Film Festival (KR) 

2009 Spuren, movie (DE), 23 min., graduate thesis film, premiere at the International Film Festival Hof, international premiere at Crossing Europe, Linz (AT) 

2008 Hier ist Pia, movie (DE), 10 min. 

2008 Der kleine Tod, movie (DE), 21 min. 

2007 Ein Sack voll Salz, Documentary(DE), 15 min., Premiere at the Short Film Festival Hamburg

2007 Lo no comparable con la palabra / Das mit den Worten nicht Vergleichbare, Documentary(DE), 14 min.

2007 Die Birgit liebt den Hannes und der Hannes liebt die Birgit, movie (DE), 7 min.

2006 Murat bleibt!, movie (DE), 9 min., Premiere at the German-Turkish film festival in Nuremberg 

2006 Zusammen, movie (DE), 18 min., Premiere at the film festival Max Ophüls Preis, Saarbrücken