Elias Wessel –
I Don’t Care. I Love my Phone

Born in Bonn in 1978, Wessel lives and works in New York City and Germany.

Encompassing works taken from three different series, in this exhibition Wessel sheds light on our relationship with smartphones. As part of this process, he explores topics such as digitalization and questions relating to online surveillance and identity, while also challenging the credibility of photography.


Alexandra Cozgarea

Art Curator

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Short Bio

Elias Wessel is committed to developing photographic concepts and procedures which culminate in abstract images that reflect contemporary discourses within society. The works function as both an important contribution to the issues of social and political development and the historical conversation between photography and painting.

Born in Bonn – Bad Godesberg, Elias Wessel is working and living in New York since 2008. He studied Art History at the University of Heidelberg, Visual Communications at the University of Mannheim – Faculty for Art and Design and received his diploma in Fine Art Photography and Theory of Perception from the University for Art and Design Offenbach am Main in cooperation with the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule Frankfurt am Main.

In recent years solo exhibitions took place at Palais Beauharnais, Paris; Deutsches Haus at New York University – NYU Arts & Science, New York; Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, New York; 1014 (former Goethe House), New York; Goethe Institut Frankfurt am Main. Wessel participated in group exhibitions along with Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Axel Hütte, Adolf Luther, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth and Günther Uecker at the, among others, Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Taipei; Museum Heylshof, Worms; and the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. In addition to accompanying artist talks he has been a guest speaker at the City University of New York (CUNY), Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York University (NYU) and further institutions. His works are represented in private and public collections such as the Spallart Art Collection in Salzburg or The Bundeskunstsammlung (Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) – The Federal Collection of Contemporary Art.