»Oh how nice is Pannama«
by Steffen Bergemann © 2005
Steffen Bergemann designed a large set of six illustrations and wrote the texts to go with it. The results are equally important pairs of images and texts produced in poster-size. The motives deal with our public knowledge or with what we consider to be public knowledge. The issues are well known from the media. The posters depict social and economic issues that have turned into farces due to the trimming and cropping of facts by the media. In slices of images and text they confirm our disbelieving head-shaking triggered by the dominant maiming of issues in television. Amongst them are issues like live-casts of beauty surgery, faked public elections or the weekly search for the latest 'superstar'. In the tradition of “Simplicissimus” Steffen Bergemann uses a harsh critique to deal with media. His drawings are in black and white but they are more than sheer caricatures. Bursting with detail, their craftsmanship aims at the big format and makes them such a lot more complex than visible at first glance. They are drawings one would like to see oversized on the wall of a house rather than hidden away in the political section of a newspaper. Steffen Bergemann's perception of reality is intrinsically woven into his individual mode of expression, his self-image as a rebel and his surprising bent for fantasy.