Paul Glaw

In his artistic work, Paul Glaw deals with the identity of his generation. He was born in Halle an der Saale in 1988 and was socialised and raised with the last remnants of socialism and the East German idiom that accompanied it. He has spent and still spends most of his life to date in the Federal Republic of Germany. Nevertheless, due to his origins he moves between two worlds. That of the Federal Republic of Germany and that of East Germany. It is a problem of the turning-generation. Not knowing where and what you belong to generates an identity problem that hardly finds room for discussion.

In his current series of works he deals with his experiences in East Germany in the 1990s, the role models he was surrounded by and what influenced him. Open spaces, empty buildings and factories, uniformity and group affiliation, neo-Nazi youth gangs and the image of the "strong German man" that accompanied them surrounded his youth in the 1990s. Machist groups of men, whose corps spirit and homogeneity almost made an ironic statement about homoeroticism. Who or what is the East German man?

In his paintings he tries to depict states of affairs, be they emotional or fleeting, as the last glance or last movement of the protagonists. What memories remain when people only briefly meet each other? Which experience remains more present, psychological or physical violence? This results in situations that often threaten to tip over. And if they tip over, there is always someone who has observed something and does not react, ignores it or sits it out. What comes next?
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