Structures and systems of order are the predominant themes of Berlin based artist Menno Aden (*1972, Weener), known for his cartographic photographic works. Aden's photo series deal topographically and analytically with our built environment. Although mostly absent, his works always show traces of the human being.

Composition

What looks like constructivist painting or colour compositions of the Hard Edge turns out, on closer inspection, to be vertically photographed sections of gymnasium floors. The patterns appear to have been composed from various playing field markings. Only in some pictures the pattern is covered by a torn piece of footfall sound insulation. The footfall sound insulation, which until recently still lay over the entire playing field - when up to 300 refugees found a shelter here.

Aden's photo series begins where the traces of the so-called refugee crisis are removed. It shows the reopened playing fields with their different game systems, which exist side by side without touching each other and which are shifted against each other by round bottom covers in playful carelessness - as if they were metaphors of the human cohabitation.

Exhibition view, Kunstraum Potsdam, 2017

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Untitled (Composition 30), 2017/18  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 30), 2017/18 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 36), 2017/18  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 36), 2017/18 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 35), 2017/18  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 35), 2017/18 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 34), 2017/18  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 34), 2017/18 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 33), 2017/18  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 33), 2017/18 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 31), 2017/18  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 31), 2017/18 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Home-Guest), 2017

Untitled (Home–Guest), 2017 90 x 151 cm (35 .4 x 59.4 in.)

Untitled (Home–Guest), 2017 90 x 151 cm (35 .4 x 59.4 in.)

The work "Untitled (Home-Guest)" is the exception in the series Composition. The view is not directed to the floor of the gym, but to the ceiling. A sports hall ceiling construction that appears protective and threatening at the same time; and unreal, since Aden photographed it from different positions and then digitally assembled it together - representative of the many eyes that once stared at the ceiling doubtfully or hopefully. On one wall, one sees a blackboard showing the score between 'Home' and 'Guest' - terms whose meanings are currently being renegotiated.

Untitled (Composition 23), 2017 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 23), 2017 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 24), 2017 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 24), 2017 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 25), 2017 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 25), 2017 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 17), 2017 50 x 50 cm (19.7 x 19.7

Untitled (Composition 17), 2017 50 x 50 cm (19.7 x 19.7")

Untitled (Composition 18), 2017 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 18), 2017 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 19), 2017 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 19), 2017 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 21), 2017 100 x 70 cm (39.3 x 27.6 in.)

Untitled (Composition 21), 2017 100 x 70 cm (39.3 x 27.6 in.)

Untitled (Composition 20), 2017 100 x 70 cm (39 .4 x 27.6 in.)

Untitled (Composition 20), 2017 100 x 70 cm (39.3 x 27.6 in.)

Untitled (Composition 01), 2016  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 01), 2016 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 02), 2016  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 02), 2016 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 03), 2016  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 03), 2016 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 04), 2016  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 04), 2016 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 05), 2016  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 05), 2016 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 06), 2016  30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8

Untitled (Composition 06), 2016 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8")

Untitled (Composition 10), 2017  21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3

Untitled (Composition 10), 2017 21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3")

Untitled (Composition 11), 2017  21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3

Untitled (Composition 11), 2017 21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3")

Untitled (Composition 12), 2017  21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3

Untitled (Composition 12), 2017 21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3")

Untitled (Composition 13), 2017  21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3

Untitled (Composition 13), 2017 21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3")

Untitled (Composition 14), 2017 40 x 30 cm (15 .7 x 11.8 in.)

Untitled (Composition 14), 2017 40 x 30 cm (15 .7 x 11.8 in.)

Untitled (Composition 15), 2017 40 x 30 cm (15 .7 x 11.8 in.)

Untitled (Composition 15), 2017 40 x 30 cm (15 .7 x 11.8 in.)

Untitled (Composition 16), 2017 40 x 30 cm (15 .7 x 11.8 in.)

Untitled (Composition 16), 2017 40 x 30 cm (15 .7 x 11.8 in.)