Herakut: big wall art around Germany
Above/featured: “At times the only thing alive about me were those demons.” MUCA Munich – 31 May 2018 (X70).
One of my favourite artists is Herakut, a German duo whose street murals have appeared in Europe and around the world since 2004. Hera (Jasmin Siddiqui) and Akut (Falk Lehmann) use walls and big spaces for their big art with a signature look that includes expressive faces and big eyes, lots of photo-like details, and sharp typography. Their work explores issues such as physical and emotional isolation, maternal relationships, gender and racial equality, and all the things we think and feel lurking inside. But I think their compositions also include long notes and pauses which allow and incorporate vivid fantasy and playful whimsy.
I present below four examples: Wittenberg 2016, Heidelberg 2017, Berlin 2017, Munich 2018, and Berlin 2021.