Telegram Residency (6)

Set: can’t talk / swallowed my tongue

Comment: A set of Telegram stickers for those days when touching the broken screen of your phone feels like touching somebody’s hair. When a push notification hits your central nervous system like chemicals. When you confuse the living and the dead on purpose. When it’s a summer day, and you want to be wanted more than anything else in the world (like Frank O’Hara did in 1954). Or when you’re about to disappear into a wall (like Ingeborg Bachmann did in 1971. Or maybe 1973.) For the days when you fall asleep next to your phone and still don‘t know what to say.

Artist: Max Grau

Max Grau is a visual artist and writer based in Berlin. He studied Fine Arts in Saarbrücken, Berlin and Los Angeles. His work uses a variety of media such as video, text, email, performance and photography to address issues like collectivity, mental health and friendship. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in various countries. Most recently at The Photographer’s Gallery London, LACE, Los Angeles, Mucem Marseille, Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, KIT Düsseldorf, Golden Pudel Club, Hamburg, Galerie La Croix, Los Angeles, Pet Projects, Perth and Digital Art Centre, Taipei. His book ›You See I’ve Always Wanted Things To Be Beautiful‹ was published by Hammann von Mier & Ruine München in February 2018.

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