Hours and Hours of Inactivity / Bani Abidi @ NBK

Image credit: Bettina Allamoda, Human League / Yesteryear Poster Series, 1996 (Detail) © Bettina Allamoda

Hours and Hours of Inactivity

Vernissage: Freitag 3. März 2017, 19 – 22 Uhr

Bettina Allamoda | Diana Artus | Olga Balema | Fritz Balthaus | Mariechen Danz, Christine Sun Kim | Wolf von Kries | Sandra Schäfer | Roman Schramm | Heidi Sill, Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton,  Curator: Rhea Dall

With the exhibition Hours and Hours of Inactivity, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein resumes the exhibition series of the Berlin Senate’s Fine Arts Scholarship recipients. Eleven positions from different generations of the city’s international art scene reflect Berlin’s eccentric plethora of artistic genres.

Hours and Hours of Inactivity puts this generous diversity at the fore and spans photography, film, video, and drawing, to sculpture, and installation. The exhibition uncovers diverging queries and temporalities within the distinct artists’ work, including a conglomerate of long-term investigations and serial gestures, surprise encounters and forgotten ephemera.

The title is a musical catch phrase taken from a piece by participating artist Mariechen Danz and her band UNMAP. Striking a chord with the curatorial approach, the song line Hours and Hours of Inactivity mirrors how the duration and complexity of the included oeuvres drive the display.

Pleas make a note of the presentation of Bani Abidi´s videowork four days later (at Showroom):

Bani Abidi – An Unforeseen Situation
Curator: Kathrin Becker

Bani Abidi addresses nationalism and state power, as well as the tendencies within civil society to respond to state influence in an affirmative way or with subtle resistance. Her work is based on everyday and historical events, which she often fictionalizes. In doing so, she counters official measures intended to reshape the memory culture with a sense of humor that is based on the conviction that the depiction of history is often characterized by current claims to political power.

In her video work An Unforeseen Situation (2015), Abidi relates to a series of state-run competitions, organized by the Ministry of Sport in the Pakistani region of Punjab in 2014. According to reports, Pakistan broke several world records during these mass events. Bani Abidi uses this as an opportunity to tell her own version of such an event: a failed competition for the greatest mass singing of the national anthem. In this way she unmasks the absurdity of such interactions between state-run staging and civilian performance.

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Chausseestrasse 128/129
10115 Berlin

4. (7.) – 30. 04. 2017



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