In times when contemporary art more strongly reflects the conditions and aesthetics of virtual realities, post-
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The GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen chapter investigates a premise inherent to earthy materials: the body. Traditional ceramic manufacturing processes involve the constructing and shaping of material by hand, thus revealing the body’s presence in the object, which is marked by the unavoidable traces of its maker and to which it largely owes its one-
The GAK exhibition presents works that detail this perspective intrinsic to the material, both in the classic ceramic object and in installation, film, photography, slide projection, and performance. The topics explored also cover a broad spectrum, investigating aspects of the body through the medium of mud, clay, and soil: The reflection of the body, its states, alienations, limits, or perceptions are approached through a variety of perspectives. Questions about the ideal body under the era of deregulated capitalism, the border between external and internal perception, or gender categorizations are debated as well as the relationship between humans and animals or political conditions.
The artists : F. Cirillo, William Cobbing, Chris Curreri, Charlotte Dualé, Kasia Fudakowski et le Real Madrid, Asana Fujikawa, Anna Herms, Nina Hoffman et Kathrin Sonntag, Judith Hopf, Kris Lemsalu, Alex Müller, Andrej Polukord, Alberta Saukaitytė, Irene Strese, Doris Weinberger, Jesse Wine
Curated by Janneke de Vries
The Kunsthaus Hamburg chapter addresses the inherent paradox of fired clay: both its being one of the oldest cultural techniques of serial (re)production (i.e. bricks, porcelain) and its haptic qualities that support immediate and time-
The exhibition at Kunsthaus thus presents artistic approaches that employ ceramics―being a cultural technique which has been handed down from generation to generation―as a medium engaging with contemporary technologies and issues and questioning these in their current relevance: Which role does the recreation, depiction, and reproduction of three-
The artists : Suse Bauer, Katinka Bock, Neil Brownsword, William Cobbing, Anna Lena Grau, Ilana Harris-
Curated by Katja Schroeder
Chris Curreri, Untitled (Clay Portfolio), 2013. Gelatin silver print, 19,7 x 14,6 cm. From a portfolio of 21 images. Courtesy the artist.
Exhibition September, 15 -
GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen, Teerhof 21 -
Exhibition September, 11 -
Kunsthaus Hamburg, Klosterwall 15 -