Exhibitions of our artists Jun-Aug 2012 feat. Natascha Sadr Haghighian / Tue Greenfort / Alicja Kwade / Michael Sailstorfer / Helen Marten

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NATASCHA SADR HAGHIGHIAN AT dOCUMENTA (13), KASSEL, GERMANY

For dOCUMENTA (13) Natascha Sadr Haghighian has constructed a footpath on a slope made of debris from World War II, parallel to the Ehrenmal, connecting Bellevue (Schöne Aussicht) and Karlsaue park. Onomatopoeic animal sounds in different languages emanate from the bushes and trees as the visitor descends to the park.  The web-based trail d(13)pfad.de is a collaboration with Pola Sieverding and accompanies the physical trail. It contains materials connecting to the rubble, the plants, the animals, the people and the languages Natascha and Pola encountered on the trail.

Natascha Sadr Haghighian
d(13)pfad / d(13)trail
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
until September 16, 2012
www.documenta.de

 

TUE GREENFORT AT dOCUMENTA (13), KASSEL, GERMANY

In a former birdhouse in Kassel’s Baroque Karlsaue park Tue Greenfort presents his archival project The Worldly House. It is a compilation of artists’ materials, texts, books, videos, and documentation of artworks and projects dealing with the relationship between human and non-human species. The archive is of great diversity, with an overall focus on the perception of life, worldliness, and the co-existence of human and other beings.

The project is dedicated to “multispecies co-evolution” that will examine and perhaps help reshape links among living creatures, both human and non-human. Human beings and other organisms share the overwhelming majority of their genetic information, and that is just the beginning of their thick relationships. In other words, as dOCUMENTA (13) Honorary Advisory Committee member and renowned feminist theorist Donna Haraway has written in the introduction to her book When Species Meet (2008): “To be one is always to become with many.” Haraway’s book examines philosophical, historical, cultural, personal, technoscientific, and biological aspects of animal/human inter- and intra-action. In recognition of her work, Tue Greenfort offers visitors the opportunity to think through Haraway’s teachings and writings.

For a video with Tue Greenfort on Multispecies intra-action please click here.

Tue Greenfort will also take part at the public conference Disowning Life, 10 September 2012 at the Ständehaus, Kassel.

Tue Greenfort
The Worldly House
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
until September 16, 2012
www.documenta.de

ALICJA KWADE AT K21 STÄNDEHAUS, DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY

Alicja Kwade belongs to the first artists to receive one of the new artist spaces at the K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany. This new exhibition format presents contemporary artists with a work from the museum’s collection and an additional work created especially for the space.

Apart from Kwade’s renowned Bordsteinjuwelen (2008) – 1000 stones found in the streets of Berlin, carved and polished in the classical facet style – Kwade presents a new installation in the manner of her Teleportations (example see image).

Alicja Kwade (solo)
Neue Künstlerräume
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany
from June 16, 2012 ongoing
www.kunstsammlung.de

 

MICHAEL SAILSTORFER AT FRAC HAUTE-NORMANDIE, FRANCE

The regional fund for contemporary art (FRAC) in Normandy holds Michael Sailstorfer’s first comprising solo exhibition in France presenting a selection of his most significant works.

Please click here for installation views of the show.

Michael Sailstorfer
Nettoyer la forêt
FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-les-Rouen, France
until July 15, 2012
www.frachautenormandie.org

 

HELEN MARTEN RECEIVES LUMA AWARD 2012, ARLES, FRANCE

Helen Marten is the winner of this year’s LUMA Award that is given each year to an artist chosen from a pre-selection nominated by Maja Hoffmann and the Core Group.

The 25,000-euro LUMA Award gives Helen Marten the opportunity to carry out a personal project in Arles or elsewhere, in close collaboration with the members of the Core Group. Previous recipients of the LUMA Award have included Trisha Donnelly in 2010 and Albert Serra in 2011, whose work along with Helen Marten’s were featured in the publication co-produced with MOUSSE publishing.

For further information on the Foundation and its current projects please click here.

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