Joachim Seinfeld

b 1962 Paris. Lives and works in Berlin.


Joachim Seinfeld graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy with a degree in painting. At the beginning of the 90s he started combining painting and photography by applying photographic emulsions to his pictures. Since then the use of silver gelatin emulsion is characteristic for his work. Since the early 1990s Seinfeld has participated in numerous exhibitions in Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Turkey, USA and other countries. He took part in the International Biennial of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery in Prague and the exhibition 4 KS 2/63 – 40 Years of Auschwitz Trial at the Martin-Gropius-Museum in Berlin. He has received numerous awards including the Heinrich Heine prize of the city of Augsburg (1994). He has performed and lectured all over Europe including the Zacheta National Gallery Warsaw, the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, Tacheles, Berlin and Académie Royale des Beaux Arts, Liège, Belgium.  His Golem pictures were used for the New English edition of the Golem by G. Meyrink at Tartarus Press.

The backgrounds used in these works originate from walls of demolished or restored buildings. With the aid of a special procedure, the original layers of paint are removed from the walls and fixed to a new support, whereby a silver gelatine photograph is developed upon them. The photographs for this series date from the time of the making of the houses and wall paintings.

Hypothetic former inhabitants of the apartments where the paintings have been removed move like ghostly figures through the images. The question that arises is what might have become of these people, who else lived in the houses we live in now and how we deal with these shadows of the past in our dwellings. In a town like Berlin where part of the population has been deported, others killed during the war and where people are driven out of the apartments they lived in for years because of the historical changes or due to what generally is called gentrification, these questions are of a non-neglectable relevance.



  • Education
  • 1987 graduate Academy of Art in Florence
  • Solo Exhibitions (Selected)
  • 2016
  • HeimatReisen, Galerie Adlergasse/riesa efau, Dresden
  • 2014 
  • Sideshow to the WWI exhibition at the Museum for Military History in Dresden
  • Wahre Lügen; Egbert Baqué Contemporary, Berlin (mit Claus Feldmann) StadtRandLeben; Galerie M, Berlin
  • 2011
  • Neighbours: Berlino e oltre; artmbassy, Berlin
  • Neighbours: Present – Past…and what lies in between; Schneidertempel Art Center, Istanbul
  • 2009
  • PlattenSpieler; Galerie M, Berlin
  • 2008
  • Re-construction of time; artMbassy, Berlin (with V. Witte and K. Lebergott)
  • 2006
  • Beisl Balagan– Podróz do Polski; fabs, Gallery, Warsaw *
  • Doppelte Erlebnisdichte; Galerie Adlergasse, Dresden (with Andreas Sachsenmaier) Versprechen; Delicatessenhaus, Leipzig (with Andreas
  • Sachsenmaier)
  • 2005
  • Friendly Fire – seinfeld IM meinblau; Meinblau e. V., Berlin
  • Group Exhibitions (Selected)
  • 2018
  • Transformation; Enter Art Foundation, Bunker K101, Cologne, curated by Suzy Royal
  • R_E_Volution 1918/2018; Mororenhalle, riesa efau Dresden curated by A. Domesle and F. Eckhardt
  • Notes on the Beginning of the Short 20th Century; Artist House, Tel Aviv
  • Next Image - The Past of the Future; at Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu *, curated by Sohee Kim and Bernhard Draz
  • 2017
  • EnterArtFoundation, Kantgarage, Berlin, curated by Suzy Royal
  • „Zeig Dich!“ on occasion of the Dt. Kirchentag, Zwinglikirche, Berlin, curated by Karin Scheel
  • Golem, Musée d‘art et d‘histoire du Judaisme, Paris
  • Notes on the Beginning of the Short 20th Century; NCCA Baltic Branch, Kaliningrad
  • 2017
  • „Zeig Dich!“ on occasion of the Dt. Kirchentag, Zwinglikirche, Berlin Golem, Musée d‘art et d‘histoire du Judaisme, Paris *
 Notes on the
  • Short Beginning of the Short 20th Century; NCCA Baltic Branch, Kaliningrad
  • 2016
  • Golem; Jüdisches Museum Berlin Transitional Societies; NON Asia Contemporary Art Platform, Berlin
  • Facing the Future; Egbert Baqué Contemporary, Berlin Project Art Vending Machine, Jewish Museum Berlin
  • 2015
  • Notes on the Beginning of the Short 20th Century; Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem Içimdeki Melegi Öldürdüm; Akademililer Sanat
  • Merkezi, Beyoglu/Istanbul
  • One Square Metre; Kommunale Galerie Berlin, Berlin Intersections; Pfaueninsel; Egbert Baqué Contemporary,
  • Berlin Anmerkungen zum Beginn des kurzen Jahrhunderts; Freiraum Quartier 21 International Museumsquartier, Vienna
  • 2014 
  • Postcolonial Flagship Store; Quartier 21, Vienna
  • Das kurze 20. Jahrhundert, riesa efau Motorenhalle, Dresden Dangerous – A Visual Interpretation of Adverse Events; Spreeviera Galerie,
  • Berlin Intermezzo #2; Mila Kunstgalerie, Berlin
  • 2013
  • A Tribute to David Bowie – Hauptstrasse, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art , Berlin 2012
  • Potrayal/Betrayal, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara (Ca)
  • Broadcast, Funkhaus Nalepastrasse, Berlin
  • 2011
  • Folge der Generationen, Motorenhalle, Dresden
  • Contrary Voices, Changeable Realities, Kare Sanat Gallery, Istanbul Ostrale, Dresden
  • 2010
  •  Canakkale Biennial, Canakkale, Turkey
  • 2009
  • artHAUS, curated by Thomas Schirmböck, Los Angeles-Venice
  • Ohne Uns!, Riesa e.V., Dresden Where Is My Privacy, Casa Dell’arte, Istanbul
  • Promotions and Awards
  • Land of Niedersachsen, Tempus Grant by the EU, Goethe Institut, DAAD-German Academic Exchange Service, IFA-Institut für
  • Auslandsbeziehungen, 1994 Menschen und Rechte/ Heinrich-Heine-Award of the City of Augsburg
  • Collections 
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid
  • Jewish Museum Berlin
  • Jewish Museum Prague
  • National Gallery, Prague
  • Collection Gomes de Pinho (Institute Seralves), Portugal and other private collections in Germany, Italy, France, USA, Turkey, Slovenia, and other countries
  • Reviews
  • Die Tageszeitung, Berliner Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, Jüdische Allgemeine, Texte zur Kunst, Puntocero online magazine, Bold Magazine, Welt Kompakt, Junge Welt, Berlin; Kunstforum International, Cologne; Weserkurier, Bremer Umschau, Bremen; NN, NZ, Abendzeitung, Nuremberg; Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zürich; Der Standard, Falter, Vienna; Salzburger Nachrichten, Salzburg; Politiken, Copenhagen; Jewish Chronicle, London; Arte, La Repubblica, L‘Unità, Milan; Il Giornale di Sicilia, Palermo; Nowa Gazeta Praska, Warsaw; LA Times, Huffington Post, Los Angeles; Australian Financial Review, Sidney; Shalom, Istanbul; The Daily Star, L‘Orient du Jour, Beirut; The Monthly Photo Art Magazine, Vol. 354, South Korea

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