The image clippings in All Our Suns are taken from Nicolai’s collection of pictures of outer space printed in daily newspapers.
Olaf Nicolai (born 1962 in Halle an der Saale) is a German conceptual artist. He studied German Literature and Philology in Leipzig (Germany), Vienna (Austria) and Budapest (Hungary). In 1992, he completed his PhD on “The Vienna Group” (“Die Wiener Gruppe”).
In 2014, his memorial draft for persecutees by the Nazi-military has been realized at Ballhausplatz in Vienna (Austria), as well as his permanent artistic interior design for the new buildings of the “Meisterhäuser Gropius and Moholy-Nagy“ at Bauhaus Dessau (Germany).
In 2015, Olaf Nicolai participated at the 56th Venice Biennale, exhibiting his seven month long performative installation “Giro“ at the German Pavillon.
Olaf Nicolai currently lives and works in Berlin.
These images suggest a high degree of objectivity, though technological settings as well as individual wishes and imaginings determine the result of the depiction. The collection is not only based on the fascination of spectacular pictures and the interest in image-generating procedures.
It is also triggered by the temporally paradoxical entanglement of daily news on Earth and extraterrestrial occurrences. All Our Suns collects traces of a possible audience out there looking down on our sceneries here.