Robert Brambora (born in 1984, Germany) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He completed his studies in the class of Rebecca Warren at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2015.
The work of the artist takes as its subject the current neoliberal system and its impact on the individual, as measured under Marxist analysis. It particularly approaches issues such as working conditions, school dropouts, stress-related illnesses, anxiety and loneliness, the housing crisis, and overpopulation as so many causes leading to alienation in our contemporary societies. Also at the heart of his questioning is the analysis of a sense of loss of points of reference, of a form of time distortion generated by these stress conditions. The artist seeks to extract the waking hallucination - the onirism - from these crisis situations.
Robert Brambora practice primarily develops itself in two ways: he creates on the one hand paintings and ceramics, in the realm of traditional techniques and media, and on the other hand large format panels upon which texts are laser-engraved. The most recent text works address issues such as the real estate market crisis and financial speculation. These texts are based on political journals, excerpts of conversations and comments from internet forums, as well as personal notes. The artist draws equally from scientific articles from medical journals, evoking afflictions related to anxiety, as well as theoretical essays on the economic competition faced by individuals. These extracts are then reworked, superimposed on each other to create a three-dimensional pictorial space, which sometimes evokes the outlines of architecture.
Robert Brambora’s solo and duo exhibitions include ‘News from Nowhere’ at Sans titre, Paris (2023); ‘Alternate Endings’ at Zentrale, Karlsruhe (2022); ‘Retro’, Motto Books, Berlin (2022); ‘Outro’ at Sans titre, Milan (2022); ‘Good bye euch’ at Tobias Naehring, Berlin (2021); ‘La Ballade des Sardines’ at Sans titre, Paris (2020); Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2019); ‘Too much of Nothing’ at Sans titre, Paris (2017); ‘Forward to History’ (with Jan Kiefer) at Kunstverein Wiesen, Wiesen (2016) and ‘The Hunt’ at Salon Kennedy, Frankfurt (2015).
Recent selected group shows include Mamoth, London (2023); Nice Biennale, Le 109, Nice (2022); Weberknechte, Verein für Kunst e.v. - Hinterconti HellsClub, Hamburg (2021); CAN – Centre d’Art Neuchâtel (2020); Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (2020); Ginny on Frederick, London (2020); Nagel Draxler Gallery, Cologne (2019); Haverkampf Gallery, Berlin (2019), Tobias Naehring, Leipzig (2019); Kunstverein Mönchengladbach (2019); Neuer Kunstverein Essen, Essen, (2018); Basement, Leipzig (2018); Walz, Frankfurt (2018); PIK, Cologne (2017); Schkeudi, Leipzig (2017); Real positive, Cologne (2016); Fiebach/Minninger, Cologne (2016); ABC Kolonie, Copenhagen (2015); Salon Schmitz, Cologne (2015); Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf (2013) amongst others.