Jani Pietsch | Doris Hinzen-Röhrig | Marie Rolshoven | Florian Voss | Cătălin Bădărău | Adriana Florea Băloiu | Anca Boeriu
On allait coller un homme contre un mur et lui tirer dessus jusqu’à ce qu’il crève…
(Jean-Paul Sartre, Le mur)
The project hosted by Go Contemporary gallery presents the results of an innovative collaboration
between Go Art Projects (a platform for contemporary art) and Fantom Berlin - Netzwerk für Kunst und Geschite(n):
three Romanian artists (Adriana Florea Băloiu, Anca Boeriu and Cătălin Bădărău)
communicate with four German authors (Jani Pietsch, Marie Rolshoven, Florian Voss and Doris Hinzen-Röhrig) in an attempt
to identify a visual theme for the profound, plurivocal meanings of the walls. Because the wall has been regarded as a dramatic
obstacle, which separates, delimitates and excludes, as a mark for borders (The Berlin Wall) and death
(the wall of execution from Sartre’s short story). But apart from all that, a wall bears the visible signs of time,
becoming a privileged witness of recent history.
The exhibition called Ziduri (Walls) faces the beholder with distinctive points of view and conceptual marks, visually configured through settings coming from different areas (painting, sculpture, object, photography, video and sound).
In Adriana Băloiu’s illusions (Illusion) the wall becomes an excuse for evasion (“the walls, the borders, the limits of human inside or outside existence... are there, here, everywhere. We know that. But what can we do best with this piece of information is to ignore it, to close our eyes and imagine a dream scenery”).
On the contrary, for Anca Boeriu the wall is a concrete reality (built by monumental characters - women and children –, cut in a zinked chalkboard, on which she adds drawings and color), but also a metaphor for exile (imagined in the exhibition through a wall on which there are shown monotypes of the immigrant women).
In Derail, Cătălin Bădărău created a wall by crowding so many characters that it becomes an almost shapeless mass, suggesting the drift of humankind.
Compared to the more or less metaphysical dimension proposed by the Romanian artists, the German authors have chosen to fairly fructify some emblematic moments of recent history. Therefore, the Eingesperrt_Ausgesperrt (Locked In_Locked Out), presented two years ago in Fantom gallery in Berlin, creates a dialogue among several historical episodes that thematize the wall as a border and symbol of exclusion, exile and – in extremis – of death. The video installation created by Marie Rolshoven and Florian Voss remembers the 136 victims of the Berlin Wall, visually inspired by the research work of historians like Hans-Hermann Hertle and Maria Nooke, published in the volume entitled Die Todesopfer an der Berliner Mauer 1961-1989. The two authors virtually reconstructed the Berlin Wall, projecting on its image, as it was, graffiti drawings that suggest or narrate, with words and ideograms, the history of the victims, as it has never been written on the real wall, which was demolished after 1990.
Jani Pietsch has covered in Ausgesperrt aus Europa the filmed image of a wall made of barbed wire (the one that separated the Spanish enclave Melilla in Morocco, as the extreme Southern border of Europe) with loud recordings in four languages (testimonies of immigrants belonging to different generations and areas, forced to choose a life in exile as the only form of survival).
For Doris Hinzen-Röhrig the wall seems to be a visible witness of history, developed in a series of photographs on which the artist intervened with pictorial elements.
The pathway created by the exhibition eventually determines the beholder to make a necessary exercise to remember a common recent history, in order to fight against the inevitable temptation of forgetting.
11 October 2016
GO ART PROJECTS BERLIN FANTOM
Opening: 14. October, 19 h
Str. Semicercului, Nr. 10
Bucharest 14. - 30. 10.2016
An exhibition by Marie Rolshoven, Jani Pietsch, Florian Voß (Berlin/Germany)
Medienwerkstatt Berlin im Kulturwerk des bbk berlin GmbH
Dear artists and friends of art
We are looking forward to seeing you in the control room of the Kraftwerk Mitte to our presentation at the art fair Berliner Liste 2016!
this year we have chosen the motto flight | forward.
On the monitor wall in the back of the room we will show screening programs of the Medienwerkstatt from 2012 -15.
BERLINER LISTE 2016
fair for contemporary art SEP 15-18
Opening: Wednesday, 14. Sept. 18 - 22 h
Köpenicker Str. 70,
15. - 17. Sept. 13 - 21 h,
18. Sept. 11 - 19 h
zu Gast in der GalerieEtage
im Museum Reinickendorf
25. February 7pm Opening
25. February bis 29. Mai 2016
Monday-Friday, Sunday 9am - 5pm
LOCKED OUT OF EUROPE
Video Installation | 2014 | 15 min
Pope Francis calls it the globalization of indifference. We are the travellers of permanent transit, say the refugees.
The European Union is a house with 28 open doors. We Europeans are pleased at this newly acquired freedom and peace and the possibility of living and working in whatever area of Europe we choose.
The doors of Europe are locked tight on the outside, especially southwards. Europe’s furthest southern border is not on European soil but in Africa. Melilla, a Spanish exclave in Morocco with approx. 80 000 inhabitants, is so far away from Europe and our peaceful existence that we fail to see what is happening at this, our external border.
Melilla was fenced in with funds from the European Community. The border system is eleven kilometres long and consists of three consecutive fences, one of which is six metres high. Floodlights, movement detectors, thermal cameras, watchtowers and patrol vehicles are reminiscent of the inner-German border. Very few attempts to scale the fence succeed. Migrants and refugees from Sub-Saharan Africa are injured by NATO razor wire or by border guards. Lacerated, they drop to the ground and, without receiving medical assistance, are frequently deported back to Morocco on the spot.
Jani Pietsch explored the fence on foot and by bicycle. Her collage of video and sound recordings translocates Europe's most southern border to the centre of Europe.
Merseburger Str. 12