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.

Room Portraits

Interiors of real living and working spaces from an unusual perspective. It seems as if someone has lifted the ceiling and replaced it with a scanner. In fact, the photographs consist of up to a hundred individual shots taken with a remote control and then digitally assembled. One associates dollhouses and at the same time thinks of surveillance.  

With his series Room Portraits, Aden touches on the themes of surveillance and voyeurism, which are becoming increasingly mainstream these days, in an era of "surveillance capitalism", a term coined by economist Shoshana Zuboff.

In an earlier exhibition in 2006, Aden already addressed the question: "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?", a phrase from Juvenal that translates as "Who guards the guards themselves?".

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Private Rooms

Untitled (G.S. I) 2006, 70 x 50 cm (27 x 20 in.)

Untitled (G.S. I) 2006, 70 x 50 cm (27 x 20 in.)

Untitled (G.S. II) 2006, 70 x 50 cm (27 x 20 in.)

Untitled (G.S. II) 2006, 70 x 50 cm (27 x 20 in.)

Untitled (Kitchen II) 2008, 111 x 80 cm (44 x 32 in.)

Untitled (Kitchen II) 2008, 111 x 80 cm (44 x 32 in.)

Untitled (Anonymous I) 2008, 102 x 80 cm (40 x 32 in.)

Untitled (Anonymous I) 2008, 102 x 80 cm (40 x 32 in.)

Untitled (S.E.) 2008, 100 x 166 cm (39 x 65 in.)

Untitled (S.E.) 2008, 100 x 166 cm (39 x 65 in.)

Untitled (M.O.) 2007, 110 x 127 cm (43 x 50 in.)

Untitled (M.O.) 2007, 110 x 127 cm (43 x 50 in.)

Untitled (Kitchen III) 2008, 90 x 127 cm (36 x 50 in.)

Untitled (Kitchen III) 2008, 90 x 127 cm (36 x 50 in.)

Untitled (D.A.) 2005, 50 x 63 cm (20 x 24 in.)

Untitled (D.A.) 2005, 50 x 63 cm (20 x 24 in.)

Untitled (Anonymous II) 2008, 100 x 134 cm (39 x 53 in.)

Untitled (Anonymous II) 2008, 100 x 134 cm (39 x 53 in.)

Untitled (Kitchen I) 2008, 108 x 90 cm (43 x 36 in.)

Untitled (Kitchen I) 2008, 108 x 90 cm (43 x 36 in.)

Untitled (O.W.) 2009, 100 x 145 cm (39 x 57 in.)

Untitled (O.W.) 2009, 100 x 145 cm (39 x 57 in.)

Public Rooms

Untitled (Shoe Shop) 2009, 100 x 118 cm (39 x 47 in.)

Untitled (Shoe Shop) 2009, 100 x 118 cm (39 x 47 in.)

Untitled (Corner Shop II) 2017, 120 x 100 cm (47 x 39 in.)

Untitled (Corner Shop II) 2017, 120 x 100 cm (47 x 39 in.)

Untitled (Corner Shop III) 2017, 120 x 100 cm (47 x 39 in.)

Untitled (Corner Shop III) 2017, 120 x 100 cm (47 x 39 in.)

Untitled (Corner Shop) 2008, 140 x 176 cm (55 x 69 in.)

Untitled (Corner Shop) 2008, 140 x 176 cm (55 x 69 in.)

Untitled (Classroom) 2010, 178 x 140 cm (70 x 55 in.)

Untitled (Classroom) 2010, 178 x 140 cm (70 x 55 in.)

Untitled (Dentist), 2009, 100 x 128 cm (39 x 50 in.)

Untitled (Dentist), 2009, 100 x 128 cm (39 x 50 in.)

Untitled (Operating Room) 2008, 80 x 129 cm (32 x 51 in.)

Untitled (Operating Room) 2008, 80 x 129 cm (32 x 51 in.)

Untitled (Bar) 2011, 90 x 160 cm (35 x 63 in.)

Untitled (Bar) 2011, 90 x 160 cm (35 x 63 in.)

Untitled (Subway) 2010, 50 x 200 cm (20 x 79 in.)

Untitled (Subway) 2010, 50 x 200 cm (20 x 79 in.)

Photo Booth

Unitled (Box I) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box I) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box VII) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box VII) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box VI) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box VI) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box IV) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box IV) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box II) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box II) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box I) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box I) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box III) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Unitled (Box III) 2011 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.)

Lifts

Untitled (Lift IV) 2011, 70 x 91 cm (28 x 36 in.)

Untitled (Lift IV) 2011, 70 x 91 cm (28 x 36 in.)

Untitled (Lift) 2009, 70 x 91 cm (28 x 36 in.)

Untitled (Lift) 2009, 70 x 91 cm (28 x 36 in.)

Untitled (Lift III) 2011, 70 x 91 cm (28 x 36 in.)

Untitled (Lift III) 2011, 70 x 91 cm (28 x 36 in.)

Basement Garage

Untitled (Basement V) 2011, 110 x 110 cm (43 x 43 in.)

Untitled (Basement V) 2011, 110 x 110 cm (43 x 43 in.)

Untitled (Basement II) 2011, 110 x 110 cm (43 x 43 in.)

Untitled (Basement II) 2011, 110 x 110 cm (43 x 43 in.)

Untitled (Basement III) 2011, 110 x 110 cm (43 x 43 in.)

Untitled (Basement III) 2011, 110 x 110 cm (43 x 43 in.)

Untitled (Basement IV) 2011, 110 x 110 cm (43 x 43 in.)

Untitled (Basement IV) 2011, 110 x 110 cm (43 x 43 in.)

Untitled (Basement Garage) 2008, 60 x 120 cm (39 x 47 in.)

Untitled (Basement Garage) 2008, 60 x 120 cm (39 x 47 in.)

Untitled (Arrow) 2011, 100 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in.)

Untitled (Arrow) 2011, 100 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in.)

Untitled (Car) 2008, 60 x 101 cm (39 x 40 in.)

Untitled (Car) 2008, 60 x 101 cm (39 x 40 in.)

MENNO ADEN STUDIO
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