'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
In his latest exhibition, Apostolos Palavrakis surprises us with seemingly unfamiliar object-like sculptures, sometimes reminiscent of utopian architectural designs. It makes us think of the great period of intellectual awakening at the beginning of the last century, first and foremost in Russia with the Suprematists and their models of utopia. He consciously deploys these formal references in his work, but at the same time Palavrakis explores the dystopian moment of these avant-garde concepts, which sought radical change not only in the aesthetic, but also in the overall social context. And thus his constructions are permanently held between stability and collapse. We view the complex three-dimensional compositions with both infusion and astonishment, wandering round them, causing the works to seem to unfold and close over and over again, resulting in ever new visual perceptions.
German / English
30 x 24.5 cm
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