DONDE ESTAMOS. (Wo wir sind) @ BilbaoArte, Bilbao, Spanien
Eröffnung: 30. Juli 2015, 19 Uhr
Ausstellungszeit: 31.07. – 26.08.2015
Ausstellungsort: BilbaoArte, Urazurrutia, 32. 48003 Bilbao, Spanien / www.bilbaoarte.org
Künstler_innen: Yvon Chabrowski, Nina Döge, Wibke Rahn, Fabian Reimann, Eva Walker, Jonas Wilisch, Matthias Zielfeld
Wie beeinflussen Orte Handlungen, Überzeugungen und kreativen Ausdruck? Wie stark prägen sie Identität und Selbstverständnis? Im zweiten Teil des Ausstellungsprojektes zwischen Leipzig und Bilbao befragen Leipziger Künstler_innen den Einfluss des Ortes auf das künstlerische Schaffen und den Umgang mit diesem als künstlerisches Themenfeld. Im April zeigten baskische Künstler_innen ihre Arbeiten im D21 Kunstraum.
DONDE ESTAMOS. (Where we are) @ BilbaoArte, Bilbao, Spain
Exhibition duration: 31st July – 26th August 2015
Opening: 30th July 2015
Location: Bilbao Arte, Urazurrutia, 32, 48003 Bibao
Artists: Yvon Chabrowski, Nina Döge, Wibke Rahn, Fabian Reimann, Eva Walker, Jonas Wilisch, Matthias Zielfeld
Curation : Constanze Müller
How do places influence artistic thinking and feeling? To what extent do they shape actions, convictions and creative expression? In what way do places impact on the production of art? Do certain ‘schools’ or themes exist that are site-specific? How do they evolve?
Physical sites build the basis for the development of identity and personality. Environment and social structures determine points of view, ways of thinking and modes of action. Through them spaces are transformed into places, perhaps even into homes. Places contribute to cultural identity and manifest certain languages, whether they be verbal or artistic.
Actual presence in particular places allows for action as a (political) subject since stability, localisation and knowledge of cultural patterns make interventions safer than action undertaken in virtual or unknown sites. For artists, being present at the site is an important criterion for the possibility of artistic action and allows for responses within a given site-specific structure - which has been the case since at least the development of site-specific art in the 1960s. As such, a place does not only shape the people, but through human action the place itself is affected and changed by means of a (collective) will. According to Hormuth, the artist never responds to the place itself but rather always to its meaning, which results in the emergence of ‘symbolic locations’ (Detllev Ipsen); the place becomes a setting for artistic intervention. And yet – can we even talk of a site of production that builds identity in today’s globalised art world? Perhaps it is pertinent to follow up with a question about whether it is actually in artworks and in the artist’s creative processes that sites of production become visible.
The exhibition project »Where we are / Donde estamos« will address these questions by means of two exhibitions with artists from Bilbao and Leipzig, first realised within the framework of the new D21 ‘Curator’s Lab’ in March and April at D21 Kunstraum. Seven artistic positions will be shown in both cities respectively, each dealing with the issue of localisation. These artistic positions will not, however, relate solely to physical places of origin, but will also address our action in hybrid realities and our ideas of different local and spatial realities as they develop in culture and science, amongst other areas.
The renewed cooperation between D21 Kunstraum and Fundacion Bilbao Arte, as well as the collaborative curation of both exhibitions by curator Ines Bermejo from Bilbao and curator Constanze Müller from Leipzig will continue to build bridges between both places.
This collaboration allows artistic production to be viewed from two perspectives with different understandings of art and also enables the questioning of site specificity in relation to the curatorial.
Previous exhibition cooperation Leipzig-Bilbao 2012:
“A TULIP. A BUBBLE. A DEAD CINCH.” In Bilbao (Spain)