Jürgen Klauke. Aesthetic Paranoia

The artist Jürgen Klauke uses photography as an instrument to question himself and the world. He is a pioneer in body art and in the critical examination of and engagement with socially defined gender identities and behavioral patterns.


Peter Weibel, Toni Stooss, Andreas Beitin, Régis Durand, Ursula Frohne, Heinz-Norbert Jocks, Christian Katti, Thomas Macho, Peter Sloterdijk
Jürgen Klauke. Aesthetic Paranoia

Photo and media artist Jürgen Klauke (1943) is known for his critical examination of socially standardized gender identities and patterns of behavior.

His most recent work describes the paranoid perception as well as the paranoid structure of today’s world. He is the first to so strikingly transpose the symptoms of this situation into an aesthetic.

Klauke’s photographs reflect the fundamental conditions of a fearful existence in scenes that range from the austerely minimalist to the excessive and occasionally surreal. He employs everyday materials as tools to create his scenes, succeeding in shaping a concentrated view of the absurdity of life.

This publication documents groups of works the artist produced in past years, such as Ästhetische Paranoia (Aesthetic Paranoia) and Wackelkontakt (Loose Connection), as well as the Schlachtfelder (Battlefields) series, published here for the first time.

Exhibition schedule: ZKM | Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, May 13–September 26, 2010 · Museum der Moderne Salzburg, October 16, 2010–February 27, 2011