© photography Anja Teske

Studio Adib Fricke

presented by Astrid Honold

Artists with works at this studio

Adib Fricke (b. 1962, Frankfurt am Main) works with words and text since the late ‘80s. He studied experimental design at the Universität der Künste, Berlin and Japanese studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Fricke’s early works involve random generators like Leonardo da Vinci’s Smile and other experimental language based works such as The Spaceship – a film in words. 1994 Fricke established The Word Company, an enterprise with which he produced and distributed ‘protonymes’ (words without meaning) and ‘units consisting of words’. With Word Spaces in 2004 followed projects, in which he isolated text fragments from digital text collections to then combine in a freely contextualized way. 2013 Fricke started Bedeutungslabor.com, a project platform, in which he artistically investigates subjects around neuro-science and creative research. With Superwords he currently creates new works in which he permutes letters and words.


Fendry Ekel (b. 1971, Jakarta) studied fine art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the esteemed Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. As an outcome of his solo exhibition in HVCCA in New York in 2010, he was invited to participate in the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York in 2011. Ekel has been dubbed a pictor doctus, who critically investigates the power of art, figuration and representation by appropriating images from our collective memory. His multi-layered monumental paintings after existing photographic pictures explore the relation between man and memory. This year a comprehensive monograph with contributions by several international art historians will be presented by Black Cat Publishing, Berlin. Fendry Ekel has exhibited his work internationally and has had reoccurring solo shows in Amsterdam, Jakarta, Milan, Valencia, Mexico City and New York. Ekel lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Berlin, Germany.


Desrat Fianda (b. 1983, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia) graduated from the Indonesian Institute of Fine Arts, Yogyakarta in 2009. His works, primarily installations and paintings, critically explore aesthetic values by subversively reconstructing the basic principles of the respective media used. Fianda’s most recent works are stone carvings of historically significant textbooks as well as gouache paintings of historic image records on paper. Malin Kundang, a popular Indonesian folk tale from Padang, where a fisherman turned rich denies his simple origin and is therefore turned into stone, in Fianda’s work experiences abstraction not only on the level of narration or matter. Being metaphors for the weight of history, the fragility of documentation, and the importance of self-consciousness, the works allow for a rather complex political reading as well. A finalist in the 2013 Indonesian Art Awards, Desrat Fianda has exhibited throughout Indonesia. He lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.