Stefan Bohnenberger, born in 1959 in Munich, is an artist, performer and writer.
He studied Art and Film sciences at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and Free University in Berlin. He continued his studies in Sienna and at the Ultimate Academy in Cologne, where he lived between 1989–2003.
He is interested in poetic conceptualism, ALL arts (Gesamtkunstwerk), site specific installations, film, heteronyms, drawings, peak-boxes.
His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in various galleries, art spaces, festivals and museums for over 30 years.
In 2018 he co-founded FA, International Festival of Indigenous Arts, with Youssef El Yedidi and Abdelaziz Harraki to explore new facets of art in rural areas, such as weekly markets.
Since 2003 Stefan Bohnenberger lives and works in Brussels.
“Poetize the world from an emptiness in which my artistic individual is free from all dependencies and references. Creativity is the Creator principle, that creates out of nothing with its ability of being a spirituel being. Emptiness never means emptiness, but the creative nothingness, the nothing out of which I, as a creator, create everything. In a certain, only apparently paradoxical sense, the “nothing” of which we are talking here also becomes “everything” at the same time.
I distrust reducing the complex world to conventionally straightened excerpts and bite-sized nibbles, I plea for an artistic work that takes everything you encounter through the pure act of visual and haptic comprehension in a form of action that includes one’s own life. Deep longing, not to calculate the magic point, but to feel it, to feel Aleph.
Basically I have the attempt to reconnect a world that only knows disjointed parts in a form that combines everything, mind, soul and body are united in themselves, precisely because every part has the tendency to reunite with the whole in order to escape its imperfection.
With a single movement of my left hand, I clear the table of its objects. Now everything is white. Nothing. Whiteness
everywhere. Innocence. Now everything can be used, it’s just a question of transformation, a question of freedom, a question of love.” (Stefan Bohnenberger)