Power to the People
March 21 – May 27, 2018

Ricarda Roggan, Triptychon, Galerie Eigen + Art Leipzig/Berlin

The SCHIRN brings together artistic posi­tions which can be read as seis­mo­graphs of contem­po­rary polit­ical activity. The exhibition hails artists from Germany, England, Belgium, and the United States to Turkey, Israel, or Libya, working in installations, photography, drawing, painting, and film.

 

Phyllida Barlow, Untitled: 100banners2015, 2015 / Photo Norbert Miguletz

Halil Altındere, Ballerinas and Police, 2017 / PİLOT Galeri, Istanbul

Marinella Senatore, Protest Bike, 2018 / Photo Norbert Miguletz

Osman Bozkurt, Marks of Democracy / Portraits of the Voters, 2002

Nasan Tur / video still

Edgar Leciejewski, A Circle Full of Ecstasy / Installation view

Julius von Bismarck, Fuguration #5, 2009 / Courtesy Alexander Levy, Berlin; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf

Democ­racy appears to be in crisis; the post-demo­c­ratic era has already dawned. The symp­toms are mani­fold: populist leaders, fake news, auto­cratic back­lash, total­i­tarian propa­ganda, neolib­er­alism. However, tenden­cies toward a re-politi­cized society have been palpable for some time now. Artists too are increas­ingly raising objec­tions. They create works that they see as instru­ments of crit­i­cism and which expressly pursue polit­ical inten­tions. In a major exhi­bi­tion, the SCHIRN brings together artistic posi­tions which can be read as seis­mo­graphs of contem­po­rary polit­ical activity. It focuses on funda­mental issues and the exam­i­na­tion of the phenomena and possi­bil­i­ties of polit­ical partic­i­pa­tion. The works call polit­ical posi­tions into ques­tion, illus­trate forms of protest, and set their sights on artistic involve­ment. Instal­la­tions, photographs, videos, paint­ings and sculp­tures docu­ment the erosion of demo­c­ratic achieve­ments and the active pres­sure of the new mass move­ments. They analyze discourses on domi­nance and noncon­formist inter­jec­tions, develop strate­gies of oppo­si­tion, and reflect the imag­i­na­tive ways of the new protest culture.

 

Dani Gal, The Record Archive / Photo Norbert Miguletz

Guillaume Bijl, Voting Booth Museum, 2000 / Photo Norbert Miguletz

Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2016 / Photo Norbert Miguletz

Mark Flood, 5000 Likes, 2015-16 / Photo Norbert Miguletz

ARTISTS

Halil Altındere, Phyl­lida Barlow, Guil­laume Bijl, Julius von Bismarck, Andrea Bowers, Osman Bozkurt, Tobias Donat, Sam Durant, Omer Fast, Mark Flood, Foren­sic Archi­tec­ture, Dani Gal, Katie Holten, Adel­ita Husni-Bey, Hiwa K, Edgar Lecie­je­w­ski, Jona­than Monk, Ahmet Öğüt, Ricarda Roggan, Mari­nella Sena­tore, Rirkrit Tira­va­nija, Nasan Tur, Jens Ullrich.

On the occasion of the exhibition, the SCHIRN presents the publication of the exhibition newspaper, video interviews, and featured articles in Schirn Mag. Related events include lectures, performances, curator led tours and video interviews.

 

Power to the People / Political Art Now
March 21 – May 27, 2018 / SCHIRN Kunsthalle Frank­furt
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