8. July 2016 – 18. September 2016
Under the title ECHOS, the Museum for Sepulchral Culture presented artistic works from the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Various themes and individual positions are taken up and presented in an associative context. Traces of the past are traced, symbioses and metamorphoses were shown and memories are (re-)constructed. The spectrum of works ranges from painting, drawing, sculpture and photography to installation and video. The selection was made by Galerie Coucou and the museum. What unites all the works is the personal confrontation with life, death and memory.
In the work SEPULTURA (port. = grave) by Caroline Bernhardt, tobacco hawkers, which serve as experimental objects in research, are fired into small porcelain cases. During the firing process, the outer shell solidifies and a transformation takes place inside. Bernhardt, who studies biology as well as art, brings the moths back into their cocoons.
The filigree LINOLEUMOBJECTS by Valeria Abendroth play with the cutting of lines into the material. The raised linoleum cut-outs create an alternation of light and shadow that reveals female facial features.
The work UNTER DEM FIRMAMENT by Paul Diestel results from the examination of Celtic burial mounds near Ostheim vor der Rhön, Middle Germany. The concave interior becomes a firmament, the deceased's own world. The artist transforms the emptiness into forms.
With his installation O. T. (ANAGRAMM), Eric Schäfer embarks on a dark journey through the abysses of the human psyche. Pop-culturally known, alienated photographic works, drawings with a mythological, occult appearance and illuminated lettering allow fragments of memory to emerge and create an eerie, delusional atmosphere.
For the video installation DAS TAL DER GEFALLENENENEN Marina Rengel Lucena walks through the Franciscan memorial, the cult and burial site of the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco and tens of thousands of people who died in the Spanish Civil War and were buried here in mass graves. The Spanish government still prevents the historical facts from being reappraised. A signal of reconciliation is still awaited.
PARASITARY SYMBIOSIS by Dominic Fey shows bodies of water insects in carnivorous plants. The organs and the structural similarity of the living beings are really connected here around a symbiosis or around the slow death of the host?
Silke Kleine Kalvelage found countless discarded plastic flowers in a graveyard. The seemingly never aging plastic flowers raised questions, questions about what would be left at the end. In the work CYCLOPENTAN, images and stories interweave to form a song about the passing of time.
In the video MIKA, Clara Winter deals with the violent death of a close friend. In doing so, she interweaves her diary entries with images that seem to have been taken in a kind of self-defense of wanting to act.
During the Second World War, the Belgian forced laborer Frans had to work in the Junkers aircraft and engine factories in Kassel-Bettenhausen. Leonie Liora Fischer reconstructs in her work DA IST UGROSSVATER FRANS ÜBER DIE MAUER GESPRUNGEN the daily journey from the residential camp to his workplace.
In VIER DANACH, filmmaker Julia Johanna Geiß sets out to find the four fathers who died because of an HIV-contaminated drug for haemophiliacs. She finds more than just a legacy of monthly compensation payments from the pharmaceutical industry.
Thilo Jenssen's serial work RIGOR portrays icons or representatives of various ideologies and convictions. Jenssen's painting enters the space between intoxication, lust and death and creates new perspectives in the viewer's encounter with the portrayed.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V.
Zentralinstitut für Sepulkralkultur
Museum für Sepulkralkultur
D-34117 Kassel | Germany
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