Axel Braun | ABOUT

Axel Braun is an artist and photographer based in Essen, Germany. He follows a conceptual and research-based approach. Most of his works are case studies for complex long-term projects.

Among his research interests are human-altered landscapes, (failed) utopia in art and architecture, as well as approaches to reality and construction of memory through images.

Typically, his case studies are based on found footage from archives and personal collections that he complements with selected photo and video works. The resulting compilations of texts and images are presented in mixed-media installations, lecture performances and artist books.

Since 2011, he has conducted the long-term project DISTURBED HARMONIES [Anthropocene Landscapes]. The related case studies engage with controversial infrastructure projects and threatened ecosystems. Often, the affected landscapes became unintended monuments for complex processes in societies.

Photographing a historical scale model by Paul Gabriel Oberlercher at Landesmuseum Klagenfurt, 2019.
Photo: Szilvia Nagy