Joanna Karpowicz

Painter, illustrator and comic artist

Anubis selfie

I just got an email 😀

“We want to thank you once more for your generous contribution towards the ‪#‎CharacterSelfie‬ project […] We are only able to present a very small fraction of all entries, and are very honored to herewith let you know that your CharacterSelfie will be part of the central installation within our anniversary exhibition! […] A massive “wall of crazy”, longing to bring order to the overwhelming chaos of character narcism and trying to trace social connections between the diverse portraits will present your artwork amongst the 500 best entries as unique photographic prints, providing full credit to each artist. ”

April / Berlin / Anubis / honorable company of Friends & Monsters.

Then Mexico. From September 2014 to January 2015 the Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery will be presented as part of an extensive Pictoplasma exhibition in the Museum for Contemporary Art MARCO in Monterrey, Mexico.


More about the Project:

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Pictoplasma is staging a vast group exhibition that brings together new works by the 100+ international artists, designers, illustrators, and filmmakers who have most influenced the project over the years.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery examines the genealogical dimensions of figurative aesthetics in the postdigital age. The installation is part of Pictoplasma’s ongoing investigation into the limits of face creation and animism. What are the minimum requirements needed for something to pass as a face and at the same time arouse maximum empathy in the viewer?

The unifying format of the portrait has been chosen for a reason: even its classical manifestation portraiture has always been less about recreating a person’s appearance than bringing out their true personality as they “look back” at the viewer from inside the image. At the same time the genre has undergone constant change, through first analogue and then digital photography. The exhibition presents paintings, busts, sculptures, animated video portraits by today’s most influential creators of character-driven visuals – also extending this list to accommodate the current obsession with self-portraits taken on a cellphone, gathered by Pictoplasma in an open call for #CharacterSelfies.



Brunnenstr. 19-21, Berlin Mitte

1-11 May 2014
12:00 – 20:00

Opening reception April 30, 20:00

UPDATE / 23 of May

#CharacterSelfies – Wall of Crazy’
(C-prints and colour instant film prints, 2014, 200 x 800 cm)
By Various Artists

Pictoplasma_Achim Hatzius


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