Homo universalis! A performative photo project by Wolf Nkole Helzle

06.07. – 02.11.2014, in the 2-Raum

During the opening of the exhibition Lichtspiele i and on a number of days and events during its run, visitors are invited to become part of Homo Universalis, a worldwide performative photo project by social media artist Wolf Nkole Helzle.

At the heart of the artist's creative practice is the investigation of the relationship between the individual and the collective. To this end he has been photographing faces - capturing some 35,000 portraits from all over the world since he embarked on his multifaceted project in the 1990s - and integrating them into an overall collective whole. Wolf Nkole Helzle always seeks personal contact. ‘I want to involve people, bring them closer to art. (...) Ultimately, man is the greatest work of art,' he explains.

To mark the fifth anniversary of Museum Biedermann we have invited the artist to develop a growing participatory portrait of the friends, visitors, guests, cooperation partners and team members of the museum. From July we will be presenting the first individual and group portraits in the Reading Room. A work in progress, these will be joined by further portraits over the course of the anniversary exhibition, creating an ever more complex image which will culminate in a shared multiple portrait that represents the unique ‘face' of the museum.


The following publication is available on request for this exhibition:

  • HOMO UNIVERSALIS - Willkommen im Museum Biedermann

    A performative photo project by Wolf Nkole Helzle
    Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen / modo Verlag Freiburg, 2014 (Language: German / English)