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Group Exhibition

»S E A P I E C E S – Facts and Fiction«

Angelika Arendt, Jessica Backhaus, Yto Barrada, Laurence Bonvin, Julius von Bismarck, Astrid Busch, Yvon Chabrowski, Lia Darjes, Sven Drühl, Simon Faithfull, Christine de la Garenne, Eva Grubinger, Moritz Hirsch, Inka & Niclas, Tobias Kappel, Jochen Lempert, Christian Niccoli, Charles Pétillon, Sheila Rock, Miguel Rothschild, Nasan Tur, Sascha Weidner, Rebecca Wilton

Curated by Harald F. Theiss

OPEN! + Exhibition extended until July 18, 2021
No prior registration required. Please note the foundation’s Health and Safety Regulations.

The sea has been a place of longing, a mysterious, endless, and seemingly unaltered landscape since the Romantic era in particular. But today more than ever, it is a place of new dangers and realities and a sensitive ecosystem that is being progressively destroyed. The exhibition S E A P I E C E S encompasses this wide range of ideas with works by twenty-three international artists.

Besides viewing the theme of the sea in a different light, these current positions often deal with instances of bewilderment, disconcertment, or even the mysterious. The focus is not on a direct analysis of root causes, but instead on using specific artistic imagery to negotiate the sea as a bridge or barrier zone, its exploitation and use, as well as fundamental climate changes. At first glance, much is only insinuated or remains unseen, creating a nuanced sense of »uncertainty.« The exhibition S E A P I E C E S makes use of contemporary artistic considerations to examine the transformational process of seeing and perceiving this landscape.

Yto Barrada, Le Belvédère Tanger (Detail), 2001, Inkjet print, 49,5 x 58 cm © Yto Barrada / courtesy of the artist and Polaris Galerie, Paris
Sascha Weidner, Flooding II, 2011, Pigment print, 110 x 110 cm © The Estate of Artist Sascha Weidner / courtesy The Estate of Artist Sascha Weidner
Julius von Bismarck, Punishment #7, 2011, Inkjet print, 100 x 150 cm © Julius von Bismarck, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 / courtesy of the artist and alexander levy, Berlin
Simon Faithful, Going Nowhere 1.5, 2016, HD-Video, 9 Min., Videostill © Simon Faithful / courtesy of the artist and Galerie Polaris, Paris
Jessica Backhaus, New Horizon, 2017, Mixed-Media-Collage, 42 × 30 cm © Jessica Backhaus, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020 / courtesy of the artist and Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin
Lia Darjes, Billboard mit Aussicht, 2014, Inkjet print, 70 × 70 cm © Lia Darjes / courtesy of the artist and Sammlung Helbsing, Berlin
Jochen Lempert, Ohne Titel (Plastic Bag III), 2017, Gelatin silver print, 38,1 × 28,7 cm © Jochen Lempert, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020 / courtesy of the artist and BQ, Berlin
Nasan Tur, Sea View, 2016, Archival pigment print on Baryta paper, 150 x 380 cm © Nasan Tur, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020 / courtesy of the artist

Included in the exhibition are politically motivated works that examine current issues of flight and displacement, addressing the sea as a natural, seemingly insurmountable boundary, and, not least, as a tragic landscape. Nasan Tur shows how quickly the sea can disappear the drama. His work Sea View (2016) is based on a manipulated press image from which the artist removed refugee boats so that only a calm surface of water is visible with no trace of human suffering. In Le Belvédère Tanger (2001), Yto Barrada shows people waiting: for freedom, for work, for prosperity. All of this only seems like the distance of a strait away.

Climate change as a consequence of modern lifestyles is thematized in Simon Faithfull’s videos and Laurence Bonvin’s photographs. Whereas Faithfull symbolizes the relationship between humans and the environment in Going Nowhere 1.5 (2016), Bonvin documents the transformation of the Japanese beach landscape in Post Tōhoku (2015) and shows how the sea has disappeared behind a high protective wall as a result of the devastating tsunami of 2011.

Moritz Hirsch, Christine de la Garenne, and Julius von Bismarck play with conventional perspectives and our notion of the sea as a place of relaxation and contemplation, but also of danger and existential threat. In de la Garenne’s video DEVINIZATION (2009), the initial, tranquil scenery of a coastal landscape with fishing boats is gradually upset and turns threatening through the use of visual and acoustic interventions. Julius von Bismarck leads a futile fight against the elementary forces of the sea in his work Punishment #7 (2011): based on the legend of the ancient Persian King Xerxes I, the artist punishes the stormy sea with lashes. His action calls for a change of perspective, a deference toward nature so that we may in this way reconnect with ourselves again.

The exhibition title SEA PIECES alludes to the dramaturgically complex scenarios the images »describe.« The sea is transformed into a spectacle and serves as a projection screen for metaphors, simulations, manipulations, and imaginations. With its contemporary artistic positions, the exhibition moves beyond traditional representations of the sea: less interested in dramatic storm images or atmospheric sea views, the artists instead explore current social concerns of facts and fiction. Taking an alternative view of things, they question with their work what is hidden behind or beneath the water’s supposedly idyllic and still surfaces.

In collaboration with the Museum Kunst der Westküste, Föhr. A catalog is being published for the exhibition by Michael Imhof Verlag.

With works by:
Angelika Arendt (GER), Jessica Backhaus (GER/US), Yto Barrada (FR/MA), Laurence Bonvin (CH), Julius von Bismarck (GER), Astrid Busch (GER), Yvon Chabrowski (GER), Lia Darjes (GER), Sven Drühl (GER), Simon Faithfull (UK), Christine de la Garenne (GER), Eva Grubinger (AT), Moritz Hirsch (GER), Inka & Niclas (SE), Tobias Kappel (GER), Jochen Lempert (GER), Christian Niccoli (IT), Charles Pétillon (FR), Sheila Rock (US), Miguel Rothschild (AR), Nasan Tur (GER), Sascha Weidner (GER), Rebecca Wilton (GER)

Harald F. Theiss is an independent curator and lives in Berlin.

3D-Videotour

Curator’s Guided Tour with Harald F. Theiss

Framework program

The events take place with reservation, depending on the official Covid-19 regulations. Registration for each event is required by email. The entrance is free for all events. All events will be held in German.

Sundays 3 pm + 2x Thursday 6 pm
Curator’s guided tours with Harald F. Theiss
Every Sunday at 3 pm (from April 11, 2021). Also on 2 Thursdays, July 1 + 8, 6 pm. Held in German.
Details

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 7 pm > CANCELLED
Lecture & discussion
In the series “Literaturhaus der Fotografie”: Another Blue. Seapeaces and poems. Lecture and discussion with Anja Kampmann. Moderated by Thomas Böhm (radio eins: literaturagenten).
Details

Thursday, June 24, 2021, 7 pm
Artist Talk
The publication as an independent artistic work – artist talk with Yvon Chabrowski and Nasan Tur. Moderation Harald F. Theiss (curator). Held in German.
Details

Saturday, July 17, 2021, 4 – 6 pm
Finissage

Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung / Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation Berlin

Jan 16 — Apr 25 extended until July 18, 2021
Framework program: see above

Auguststraße 75, 10117 Berlin
[District: Mitte | Borough: Mitte]

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11 am – 6 pm

Admission free

Covid-19

Current Corona guidelines Berlin | Aktuelle Corona-Bestimmungen in Berlin

Preceding exhibition at the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation

Detail of/aus: Claudius Schulze, TQ1066-RP5013.18, Contemporary bumblebee collection, Krefeld Entomological Society, Pigment print, 2018, 30 x 40 cm © Claudius Schulze, Courtesy the Artist / Galerie Robert Morat
Detail of/aus: Claudius Schulze, TQ1066-RP5013.18, Contemporary bumblebee collection, Krefeld Entomological Society, Pigment print, 2018, 30 x 40 cm © Claudius Schulze, Courtesy the Artist / Galerie Robert Morat

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