Michael Pröpper

I am a faculty member at the Institute for Social and Cultural  
Anthropology at the University of Hamburg/Germany. 
I’m an artist and anthropologist. The one inspires the other, both  
are important. Poetry and politics, color and concept. Practically,  
this means that I paint, take pictures and build sculptures and  
installations. 

In painting I am dealing with different subjects like the  
‘layeredness’ and transparency of our luminous world, the illusion of  
modernity, the incompleteness of our blurred perception and our  
consciousness in the pseudo-modern life-speed-rush. My paintings in  
oil, acrylic and many mixed-media techniques, using e.g. fire, felt  
pens, ash or beaten gold are often compositions from purloined,  
distorted photo snippets – on the border between the figurative and  
the abstract. 

My sculptural work is more clearly influenced by fundamental  
considerations and experiences from my many fieldwork encounters in  
Europe and Africa about people and the environment. In my  
installations I am dealing with issues such as consumption, excess and  
deficiency, exclusion, the visualization of discourses or our  
miraculous environmental action. Nato wire-fence, consumer goods,  
food, plants, masks, birds’ nests …

So I’m a hybrid, an anthrographic artist, interested about us people  
immersed in our environment, as well as our perception of this  
environment. Important to me is the continued experimenting and  
experiencing search that also understands art as an extremely exciting  
addiction and leads to new forms of expression.

Email: michael.proepper@uni-hamburg.de

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