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Mug shots & Burning Caravans

Review of the exhibition „La Traversée“ by Mathieu Pernot in the „Jeu de Paume”, Paris, March 2014.

The exhibition „La Traversée“ by Mathieu Pernot in the „Jeu de Paume“, Paris opens with a wall of photographic portraits: small and large-scale, colour and black and white. The subject of all images is a boy turning into a man over the time, offering glimpses into his life. The portraits of the Roma individual set the tone for an examination of concepts of sedentary and nomadic living life.

Entering the exhibition space, in a niche on the left hand side, a work compiled from historical identification documents, interviews and photographic portraits shows how non-conform, nomadic behavior was restricted through heavy police pressure far into the 20th century. The personal stories and artistic portraits contradict the externally prescribed identity in the signaletic cards and nomadic passes.

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In another work, on an adjoining wall, the historical mug shots and documents are contrasted with a series of photo-machine portraits that the artist produced with the children of the Roma family he is working with since his university days. The self-portraits hint at the ongoing administrative pressure directed against the non-sedentary population.

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This is not restricted to the distant past as a series of large scale photographs of today’s disciplinary institutions, prison yards illustrate. A series of portraits shows family members trying to communicate with the inmates beyond the high walls. These state institutions still extend their influence in an extraordinary manner on the non-sedentary population.

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In the next part of the exhibition, this apparatus of identification and population management meets images of sedentary life in the 20th century, concrete housing structures, their de-individualising character, but also their increasing disappearance as overcome and no longer acceptable spaces for residence.

Photographs of a burning caravan and alighted faces of a group of onlookers terminate this circle of a description of society that goes way beyond the documentary realm. Mathieu Pernot is mixing and composing, comparing and opposing story threats and offers new perspectives on – and readings of – our pre-structured and often unquestioned realities of contemporary life and questionable strategies of upholding this status quo.

„grenzlinien“ @ UB Giessen

The exhibition and publication project “grenzlinien/borderlines” brings together artistic, scientific and political positions on borders, border crossings and migration. Originating in the exhibition, a wide ranging examination of the topic evolved, that reflects and develops the interest of the artistic works in theoretical positions. Also in the presentation in the university library Giessen the artistic-visual and textual contributions meet on equal terms; they complement each other and and question the established borders between arts and science and politics. Euro-pallets, which have become a symbol for transnational movement, are used as exhibition architecture.

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The refugee tragedies and the intensifying situation in the Mediterranean in the past weeks give the topic a sad timeliness. The connection to the project becomes obvious in its focus on Lampedusa as a central route for irregular migration to Europe. The artist works, academic and political texts however remain not in the realm of the descriptive, they are developing new Imagery, question the backgrounds and European politics and stimulate critical thinking, also about our personal position in relation to the topic.

auf & ab

28.-30.11.2013 visionale, gallus theater, Frankfurt

Land auf und ab, weltweit, gehen Menschen auf die Straße für mehr Freiheit, Lebensqualität und das Recht auf Mitbestimmung. Es ist kein Wunder, dass dies sich in den Städten abspielt, da sich hier die sozialen Ungleichheiten am stärksten manifestieren. Wohnraum ist kaum mehr bezahlbar, Stadtviertel werden ohne die Beteiligung der Bewohner verändert – und das alles in rasanter Geschwindigkeit.
Die Ausstellung „Auf & Ab“ wirft im Rahmen der visionale 2013 einen Blick auf diese Entwicklungen. Die Arbeiten bleiben dabei aber nicht an der äußeren Hülle der Architektur verhaftet, sondern  zeigen die vielfältigen Veränderungen aus unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln – und finden poetische Bilder für die ständige Bewegung der Stadt.

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Raul Gschrey / Jörg Hein / Sabine Hoffmann / Anne Euler / Jana Schlegel / Jos Diegel / Rahel Hünig / Barbara Druener / Max Holicki

aktuelle formationen 2013

„neue studiogalerie“ und die Ausstellung „aktuelle formationen 2013“ von spez.Lab

Die „neue studiogalerie“ im Studierendenhaus öffnet mit der diesjährigen Ausstellung „aktuelle formationen 2013“ von spezialLabor wieder ihre Tore.
Ausgehend von der minimalistischen Ästhetik serieller Kunst der 1960er Jahre in der damals dort betriebenen „studiogalerie“, geht es in der diesjährigen Schau um die Verhandlung von Fragen nach der sozialen Konstruktion von Raum und seinen Grenzen.

Ximena Aburto Felis, Frehd Berger, Markus Dinig, Christiane Feser, Raul Gschrey, Jasmin Grünewald, Rahel Hünig, Bernd Metz, Anselm Schenkluhn, Silja Yvette, Irina Zikuschka

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