Hamidrasha Gallery, Tel-Aviv, 26.11.2021—07.01.2022
Nilbar Güreş's exhibition at Hamidrasha Gallery includes photographs, paintings, textile works, sculptures and a video. It continues her long-term involvement with issues such as social injustice, gender roles, queer culture and cultural identity codes.
Güreş uses cultural symbols, local crafts and traditional customs (like pieces of her dowry chest) and changes their connotation, their context and their environment. She confronts them with queer symbols and language. Through these acts, she challenges gender roles and cultural conventions in a traditional society.
With a lot of humor and in witty figurations, Güreş uses elements such as coconuts and bananas to gender-reassigned sex organs and to present the nonbinary or trans body. In her paintings and photographs flora, fauna, and humans engage in a playful, and even humorous, game of blurring genders and hierarchies: a rose tree hands out breast implants to humans, a transman receives [...]
New Museum, New York City, USA 28.10.2021 —23.01.2022
Soft Water Hard Stone, the fifth New Museum Triennial, brings together works across mediums by forty artists and collectives from around the world.
The title of the 2021 Triennial, Soft Water Hard Stone, is taken from a Brazilian proverb, versions of which are found across cultures:
Água mole em pedra dura, tanto bate até que fura (Soft water on hard stone hits until it bores a hole).
The proverb can be said to have two meanings: if one persists long enough, the desired effect can eventually be achieved; and time can destroy even the most perceptibly solid materials. The title speaks to ideas of resilience and perseverance, and the impact that an insistent yet discrete gesture can have in time. It also provides a metaphor for resistance, as water—a constantly flowing and transient material—is capable of eventually dissolving stone—a substance associated with permanence, but also composed of tiny particles [...]
Salzburger Kunstverein, 16.10.–05.12.2021
Cinematic masterpieces often impact artists, sometimes even inspiring artworks. The exhibition Film as Muse explores this relationship, and presents film, video, photography, sculpture, painting, art installations and an online program. This research project has resulted in the presentation of artwork by fifteen international artists, each making a particular or peculiar reference to specific films. Film as Muse, not unlike The People’s Cinema (Salzburger Kunstverein, 2016), reflects upon creative and obsessive relationships between cinema and contemporary visual art in different manifestations. The exhibition posits itself as an initial step into researching and presenting contemporary art as it engages with cinema as its muse.
Artists: Joseph Beuys, Johanna Billing, Monica Bonvicini , Oisin Byrne, Hugo Canoilas, Loretta Fahrenholz, Anna Franceschini, Johan Grimonprez, Kristan Horton, Agnieszka Kurant, John Menick, [...]
GAMeC, Bergamo, Italien, 15.10.2021—13.02.2022
GAMeC presents Nothing is Lost. Art and Matter in Transformation, curated by Anna Daneri and Lorenzo Giusti. The show is the second chapter in the Trilogy of Matter, a long-term exhibition project begun in October 2018 with the exhibition Black Hole. Art and Materiality from Informal to Invisible.
The project involves art historians, curators, philosophers, and scientists, and addresses a transversal debate around the theme of matter, while at the same time activating a dialogue with the history of scientific discoveries and drawing a comparison with the development of aesthetic theories. The program foresees a cycle of three exhibitions, accompanied by as many publications, featuring the presence of artists and works of various generations.
After the first appointment in the cycle—dedicated to the essence of matter, to all its depth, in dialogue with the theories of modern physics—the second exhibition [...]
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, 04.09.2021 — 09.01.2022
No other substance has shaped societies in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries as much as petroleum. Airplanes, tanks, and spacecraft, motorways, shopping malls and suburban settlements, nylon stockings, mountains of plastic, and vinyl – key materials and technologies, lifestyles and visions of our time owe their existence to the energy density and transformability of oil. Now, however, the dusk of the “petrol age” is looming, whereby neither can its end be precisely dated, nor its consequences adequately assessed. The exhibition Oil. Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age therefore takes a speculative, poetic look back at the presence of the modern age of petroleum, which has lasted for roughly one hundred years. From the distance of a hypothetical future, we ask what was typical of our time, what was great and beautiful, what was ugly and terrible, and how all this is reflected in art and culture.
Fundamental here is the [...]
Chisenhale Gallery, 22.05.–18.07.2021
Chisenhale Gallery presents Wasted Mud, the first solo exhibition in a UK institution by Shanghai-based artist Yu Ji. Comprising sculpture, video, print and performance, Yu Ji’s work often responds to a specific context or location to examine the interplay between the human body and its surrounding space.
Motivated by an acute sensitivity to materials, Yu Ji’s work explores a tension between physical matter and energy. Recurring materials used in her work, such as cement, wood, metal, plastic and organic matter all have their distinctive characteristics, tactility and ‘temperatures’. In her installations, these materials oppose, rub and strike against one another; proposing by their proximity how they might merge, combine or absorb one into the other.
Influenced by research conducted during a residency at our exhibition partners Delfina Foundation, in 2019, Yu Ji’s new commission sees London as a site to explore the body in [...]