Painting over the past

Thomas Brezing is one of those rare contemporary artists who forges an inner connection between art and life and “becomes answerable through and through”, as Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin once challenged artists to do. Brezing's sense of answerability extends beyond his individual actions to those of Germany, the country in which he was born. He lays bare his sense of complicity in the horrors of the Nazi era. Whether by default or blood lines, German history is under his skin.