Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Jörg Herold was born in Leipzig in 1965. He studied painting in Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and in Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Jörg Herold, as a documentary archaeologist (as he refers to himself) researches memories. As a contemporary, purposely he searches for utilizing memories in various mediums: painting, installation, sculpture, film. After travelling to the real and unreal worlds of memories, his installations, films, paintings are created. The function of documentary archaeology is to show the possibilities of memories to the future and underline the conflict between ethical and aesthetic representations.
Jörg Herold has been awarded with various prices, including: Leipziger Volkszeitung, 1999 and Kunstpreis der Stadt Wolfsburg, 2005. He is exhibitied in various museums and art institutions(Museum der Bildende Künste Leipzig, Heydt-Museum Wuppertal, Staatlichen Museum Schwerin, Galerie der Stadt Wolfsburg,Kunstverein Bielefeld). Also, he has participated in numerous international exhibitions, such as: Venice Biennial (1995); Documenta X (1997); exhibition dedicated to 40 years of video art at Leipzig Fine Art Museum; South Korea Seongnam Arts Center andLEEAHN  Gallery (2012).
From 1985, Jörg Herold works with Gallery EIGEN + ART, which presents him occasionally in Leipzig and Berlin.   
'The Last Bear' project
Bear hunting still happens in some parts of the world, despite it being banned. One of these regions is the Caucasus. According to estimates about 1000 to 1200 bears live here. Only few organizations are concerned with the problem on the spot. 
The information about bear population, shooting quotas do not exist, which is an ideal environment for hunting without any restrictions. Jörg Herold with the project 'The Last Bear' tries to raise awareness about the issue. Together with the Georgian artists, the historical documentation was created; the journalists and animal protection activists were interviewed about bear hunting. The concept of treating the bears was formulated artistically into a social problem.