Roland Biermann is a conceptual artist from Germany, working with photography, film, sculpture and installation. He currently lives and works in London. Biermann explores uncertainty, ambivalence and transformation, situations where reality and fiction merge, often in the form of polyptychs and larger sequences of images.
The Apparition series, created in 2009, features the juxtaposition of industrial surfaces and backgrounds contrasted with the vulnerability and softness of the human figure. snow+concrete, a series created in 2014, represents the first project where Biermann has worked on glass that explores cyclicality through the melting process of snow, which is also an extension of Biermann’s engagement with distinct opposites – light and dark, soft and hard, reality and spirituality, concrete and nature. white cube / white wall, a video work Biermann created in 2014 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, examines how political and artistic hegemonies are constructed, dismantled and reconfigured.
Recent solo exhibitions include Stations – Troubled Waters, Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam (2019), Stations, Trinity Wall Street, New York (2018); white cube / white wall, Maestro Arts, London (2016-2017); Transformations, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong (2016), Stations, Barbican Centre, London (2016); white cube / white wall, Embassy of Germany, London (2014); snow+concrete, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (2013); Ophelia, Goethe-Institut, Paris (2011); metamorphosis, Embassy of Germany, London (2010-2011) and snow+concrete, Dommuseum, Frankfurt (2010).
Biermann has received grants from Trinity Wall Street, New York (2017); J. Paul Getty Jr. Charitable Trust, London (2016); King’s College, London (2015); Renmin University of China, Beijing (2015); Embassy of Germany, London (2014); German Foreign Office (2010); Arts Council England, London (2005) and Goethe-Institut, London (2004). He is the only artist in over 30 years to win the Weissblechkalender project by ThyssenKrupp, twice (2007 and 2010) and created a worldwide-unique, exclusive arts calendar printed on tinplate for ThyssenKrupp. His works are included in many private and institutional collections internationally, including the ThyssenKrupp in Dusseldorf and Signy+Olaf Willums Art Foundation in Provence.