March 2, 2023
March 19, 2024
From the series ERNST VIELLLAICHT (understanding our feelings), 2022
Paper collage on cardboard, 20 x 27.5 cm

D.M. Nagu is known for his provocative approach to collage, highlighted by his exceptional ability to manipulate perspectives in a style reminiscent of the Cubist movement. Through his architectural collages and surrealistic reimaginings, Nagu deconstructs found structures to create a dynamic interplay of compositions. His unique perspective challenges notions of space, disrupting the traditional relationship between form and function.

D.M. Nagu

From the series And the livin’ ain’t easy, 2022
Mixed media collage (paper, photographs) on book page, 20,5. x 25,5

Collage is a musical as much as a visual remix. The outcome is, if not a song, like a piece of music that contains some recognizably signifying elements, but simultaneously sounds, melodies, and noise without fixed meaning. I never wanted to create music, write a story or paint a picture. Collage allows me to create mysterious, intimate, and potentially disturbing worlds, and the viewer is invited to sing along.

D.M. Nagu

From the series Songs for a future generation, 2020
Analog collage, 21 x 29 cm
From the series The Eden Project, 2020
Paper collage on book page, 25 x 28 cm

Collage is a way for me to transform the discarded into something aesthetically pleasing and intellectually stimulating. I prefer to work in series, exploring the breadth of an idea, and the potential of the material being used. With an academic background in linguistics and literature, creating collages opens up different ways of expression: thoughts without language, stories without words. Stylistically I choose different approaches: from the abstract to the concrete, from the personal to the political.

D.M. Nagu

From the series Disappearances, 2020
Paper collage, 14 x 20 cm

D.M. Nagu was born in 1966, Heide, Germany. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

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