2016-2018 Leon Filter (Germany)


Leon works with a set of recurring themes which he explores with poetic insistence. A reflexion on the forming effects of education on young children is condensed on the visual metaphor of young trees manipulated to grow in a curved shape. This was a technique developed in eighteen-century Venice, in an early occurrence of capitalist logic, in order to obtain suitable wood for building ships and thus optimise resources. The evocative power of the image also calls to mind a rather complex relationship of the artist with his father, who is almost omnipresent throughout his work. Fatherhood, subjective experiences and the conflict with the failure to comply with a predetermined image of what an ‘ideal boy’ should be naturally connect with psychoanalytic notions that both can serve to lay the fundamentals of a meaningful research and to situate intimate questions in a political perspective.