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
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.