SIGMAR POLKE | ALICJA KWADE
Feb 03 - May 06 2017
Sigmar Polke | Alicja Kwade
The modern era brought with it a rapid deconstructing of borders and acceleration of mobility, production, trade, and communication. Seemingly without effort, we cross frontiers and time zones. But by the time of postmodernism, Paul Virilio was predicting a paradox final stage of this development: "racing standstill". Humanity threatens to slip intro regression as a result of digital communication, in which images are transmitted in real time. The human being stares motionlessly at the flickering screen, which allows him to be "there" simultaneously, anytime and anyplace. However, this ultimately leads to a "momentariness without history", a coma-like state which the French philosopher characterised as "medial ghettoization" From our computers or smartphones, we follow the activities of our friends on social networks, or watch reality shows, the latest American series or even wars, refugee flows and the desintegration and reordering of political systems.
Parallel to the major exhibition SIGMAR POLKE. ALCHEMY AND ARABESQUE at Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Salon Berlin is hosting a show entitled DESCONSTRUCTING BORDERS, which combines selected works of Sigmar Polke from various decades with a sculpture by the Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade. In their own completely different ways, each of the two artists critically address the term "border".
curated by Patricia Kamp
Picture credits; Sigmar Polke, Amerikanisch-Mexikanische Grenze, 1984, (c) The Estate of Sigmar Polke / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
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