Die Tage sind lang, die Nächte kalt /
The days are long, the nights are cold

The first comprehensive publication on Lena Inken Schaefer’s (* 1982; lives and works in Berlin) practice The days are long, the nights are cold presents the collection of artist’s works dating from 2007. Here we observe Schaefer’s objects, installations and actions emanate with mystery from associative contexts. Be it through the ornaments derived from the devalued Deutsche Mark-banknotes of 1922 or through St. John’s wort-stained pyjamas, the works of Schaefer reveal new possibilities for the patterns to emerge. The artist takes the patterns through the process of continuous dissemblance, use and misuse that enrich them with fresh analogies.

"Ultimately Lena Inken Schaefer’s œuvre (including her role as an artist) reveals itself as a system that is part of what it organizes and what it thereby attempts to say. Although at one point, individual series seem to be linked together with an underlying theme, at that very moment individual elements become disjointed—just when everything was starting to look all too ‚similar.’"(Dominikus Müller)

with texts by Jan Brandt, Roman Ehrlich, Hanna Lemke, Nils Markwardt and Dominikus Müller

Design: Till Sperrle (ITF)
Author: Lena Inken Schaefer
argobooks, 2015
Softcover, 224 p. (112 color)
ISBN 9783942700610

Photos: Motto Berlin

Order: Motto Berlin / Argobooks / E-Mail

Conception: Lena Inken Schaefer
Translation: Katy Derbyshire (Brandt), Steven Lindberg
(Markwardt), Gregor Runge (Lemke), Laura Schleussner
(Müller), Elke K. Wardlaw (Ehrlich)
Copyediting: Hilda Hoy
Reproductions: Joscha Bruckert
Printing: Druckerei Conrad, Berlin
Binding: Stein+Lehmann, Berlin
Print run: 500 copies
Titles: in cooperation with Justus Weiß
©2015 for the photographs: Amin Akhtar, Clara Bahlsen,
Björn Behrens, Martin Bilinovac, Werner Hannappel, Patricia
Lewandowska, Erik Weiss

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