Now Representing – Sojourner Truth ParsonsEsther Schipper
Esther Schipper is delighted to announce representation of Sojourner Truth Parsons.
"I am looking at art through my heart. Maybe that's selfish, but I want to find something I didn't know was there."
—Sojourner Truth Parsons, 2016
Jac Leirner, Us Horizon – Opening Saturday March 12, 2 – 8 pmEsther Schipper March 12 – April 14, 2022 www.estherschipper.com
March 12 – April 14, 2022
Opening Saturday March 12, 2–8 pm
Esther Schipper is pleased to present Us Horizon, Jac Leirner’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Us Horizon will include a new work from Leirner’s acclaimed series constructed from ensembles of plastic shopping bags, and a new installation made of found numbered markers. Her conceptually rigorous and formally beautiful works draw on a wide array of art historical and formal influences, as well as embracing the transgressive legacies of Dada, Constructivism, Pop and Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, and Punk, among others.
Hito Steyerl’s Digital Visions by Merve Erme in The New Yorker
The New Yorker
Hito Steyerl’s Digital Visions
By Merve Erme
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'It would be wrong to claim that I first met the German artist Hito Steyerl on such-and-such day, insuch-and-such city, where the weather was bright or blustery, and that she arrived suitably dressed for this season or the next. It is more accurate to say that she simply appeared while I was waiting in the atrium of the Communist Party court, under a spectacular red banner from which the faces of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Stalin bore down on me. One minute I was alone, and the next she was there—all yellow and smooth, except for the thick black cubes of her hands and her large, impassive face. Four black cats trailed her, in place of her shadow. “I spawned a lot of them, so they have multiplied,” she murmured. Suddenly, a kitten wobbled out from between her legs. “I made a baby!” she cried. When I tried to balance a puffer fish on my own blocky hand to feed thekitten, I pressed the wrong button, and kicked it instead.
Kicking kittens is, I believe, usually discouraged, but in Minecraft, the sandbox video game in which players extract raw materials—water, wood, sugarcane, coal ore, gold, lapis lazuli—and use them to craft three-dimensional Legolands, the stakes of violence seem lower. The game is “a very good metaphor for how platforms really work,” Steyerl told me. Platforms seduce their users into performing the unpaid work of content creation—uploading the texts, photographs, videos, and music that are the raw material of the digital world—while mining their metadata to create newmarkets for corporate and military surveillance. “Many of the other platforms are quite devious,” she said. “We don’t really know whether your face is being used to train facial-recognition algorithms or something like that.” In the digital economy, free labor tenders a self-replenishing vein of gold for capital’s pickaxe.'
– Merve Erme for The New Yorker, February 2022
Thomas Demand – Centro BotínCentro Botín, Santander October 9, 2021 – March 6 2022 www.centrobotin.org
Thomas Demand presents Mundo de Papel at Centro Botín, Santander. The exhibition is conceived as an installation combining photographs not previously shown and others selected by the artist and Udo Kittelmann, curator of the exhibition.
For Mundo de Papel, Demand has designed an entire simulated urban landscape, composed of eight pavilions surrounded by wallpaper installations. Each pavilion hangs from the ceiling and serves as a display for his photographs and video works dating from 1996 to the most recent from 2021.
Subjects include Whitney Houston’s last meal at the Beverly Hilton Hotel; the control room at Fukushima’s nuclear power plant; the recent Diamond Princess cruise ship stuck in quarantine; a pond with waterlilies like an impressionist painting; a red bow glowing in the sun or discarded plastic cups stuck on a mesh fence. Each scene is reconstructed with paper and cardboard using intricate folding and cutting techniques. After the model is built, he photographs them and discards the objects he created leaving only a visual narrative.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a unique pop-up book including an essay by Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa and with three-dimensional representations of the pavilions, produced by Thomas Demand and co-edited in collaboration with Fundación Botín and London-based publishers Mack Books. Demand will lead a special workshop in Santander during the exhibition.
Julia Scher – MAMCO, GenevaMAMCO, Geneva October 6, 2021 – January 30, 2022 www.mamco.ch
The work of Julia Scher, which first appeared in the 1980s, is noteworthy for its systematic use of surveillance techniques, particularly CCTV. Scher’s technical background provided her with in-depth knowledge of a range of surveillance systems. She worked at a well-known security firm for a period of time before setting up her own company, Safe and Secure Productions.
Rosa Barba’s Open-Air Cinema and Premiere: Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage, 2021UN Buffer Zone, Deryneia, Cyprus Friday September 10, 2021, 8:30 pm
Esther Schipper is is pleased to announce the inaugural ceremony of Rosa Barba’s Open-Air Cinema and premiere of her film Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage, 2021.
Inside the Outset is a project that consists of two parts: a film and a long-term open-air cinema installation within the 180-kilometer UN-controlled "Green Line Buffer Zone" in Cyprus. This area divides the island between North and South, and forms the starting point of Rosa Barba’s artistic intervention.
The project started seven years ago when Barba was invited by Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia and by the curator Mirjam Varadinis to Cyprus and proposed a cinema sculpture for the Buffer Zone. The inaugural ceremony of the Open-Air Cinema will take place in the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy to Cyprus on September 10, 2021, with the projection of Barba's film Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage along with films selected by the project’s Advisory Board of artists from each side of the Green Line and beyond. Visitors from both sides of the island will be able to enter the Buffer Zone, which is usually closed to civilians.
In a recent article for The Brooklyn Rail, Rosa Barba discusses this project as well as her other current projects – Read it here
Esther Schipper is pleased to announce the representation of Sarah Buckner
Sarah Buckner was born in 1984 in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Palermo and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Buckner lives and works in Cologne.
Sarah Buckner's image world is inspired by multiple sources: real-life encounters, books, films and imagination. She has developed an intuitive and fluid approach that transforms these impressions through her material practice. Her works distil narratives into images full of mystery, their atmospheric scenes resonating with emotional potency—the exact nature of which remains elusive, even to the artist, she says.
As Meret Held has written: “Between the concrete and the non-concrete, between the said and unsaid, she forms pictorial worlds that come very close to that of the dream. Like the dream, Sarah Buckner's paintings are determined by a mixture of (past) experienced, (present) acting and (forward-looking) premonition. We are taken from the real space into the dream world by certain, peculiarly present picture elements, but especially by the materiality of the paintings themselves, the oil paint, which carries the trace of painting in itself and with it the liveliness of the painter herself.”
In 2020, Sarah Buckner was awarded the Residence NRW+ grant, and at the conclusion of the residency period presented her work in the solo exhibition Head over Heels at the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster in 2021.
In 2021, Buckner's work was included in Esther Schipper's group exhibition L'Invitation au voyage. Buckner’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Europe and the US. Among her participations in institutional exhibitions are: Salon des Amateurs, Tramps, London (2018), Lia Pasqualino Noto / Casa Studio, Manifesta 12, Palermo (2018); 1001 Bild, Villa de Bank, Enschede (2018), Eggy and Seedy, Munchies, London (2017), Petto, L’Ascensore, Palermo (2015), Beyond the Stage, Canongate Venture Edinburgh (2013).
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steirischer herbst ’21 with Tino Sehgal and Hito Steyerlsteirischer herbst ’21, Graz and Styria
Etienne Chambaud, Inexistence - Online Viewing RoomThrough August 28, 2021 www.estherschipper.com
Esther Schipper is pleased to present an Online Viewing Room dedicated to Etienne Chambaud’s exhibition Inexistence, the artist’s first with the gallery. The works included in the exhibitions are a scent and a sound installation, a sculptural work generating a pattern of temperatures, three light installations, glass works, bronze sculptures and modified panel paintings.
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The Online Viewing Room features an exhibition film in which Chambaud takes you through the exhibition.
Simon Fujiwara, Who the Bær - Online Viewing RoomThrough July 14, 2021 www.estherschipper.com
Esther Schipper and Dvir Gallery are pleased to present parallel Online Viewing Rooms on the occasion of Simon Fujiwara's solo exhibition at Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam (on view through September 12, 2021).
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For his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, Simon Fujiwara presents works from his most recent project Who the Bær. Developed during the lockdown in the spring of 2020, Fujiwara created a unique cartoon character in the form of a denim wearing bear with a golden heart and an uncontrollably long tongue, that seemingly has no gender, race, sexuality or even a clear design. Without an identity, Who exists only as an image, a status that allows them the freedom to roam a world of online images, appropriating characters, identities, aesthetics and guises in a greedy search for a "self".
Who the Bær is also at the centre of a major solo exhibition currently presented at Fondazione Prada in Milan, through September 27.
Who the Bær can also be followed via their official Instagram account, @whothebaer.
FIAC Online Viewing RoomMarch 4 – 7, 2021 https://fiac.viewingrooms.com/
We are pleased to announce our participation in the first iteration of FIAC Online Viewing Room where we will present major works by Rosa Barba, Martin Boyce, Angela Bulloch, Etienne Chambaud, General Idea, Ann Veronica Janssens, Isa Melsheimer, Roman Ondak, Philippe Parreno, and Ugo Rondinone.
Simon Fujiwara at Fondazione PradaFondazione Prada, Milan March 2 – September 27, 2021 www.fondazioneprada.org
For this new site-specific project conceived for the ground floor of the Podium in the Milan premises of Fondazione Prada, Simon Fujiwara introduces audiences to the fairytale world of Who the Bær, an original cartoon character that inhabits a fantasy universe created by the artist. Who the Bær is a cartoon bear without a clear character – “Who” as they are known, seems to have not yet developed a strong personality or instincts, they have no history, defined gender or even sexuality. Who the Bær only knows that they are an image, and they seek to define themselves in a world of other images.
The world of Who the Bær is a flat, online world of pictures, yet one full of endless possibilities. Who the Bær can transform or adapt into any image they encounter, taking on the attributes and identities of those depicted within the image – human, animal or even object. In this sense the fantastical world of Who the Bær is a world of freedom: Who can be whoever they wish to be, Who can transcend time and place, Who can be both subject and object. Yet Who the Bær may never be able to overcome their one true challenge – to become anything more than just an image.
Who the Bær’s fantasy adventures are presented at Fondazione Prada in a giant labyrinth made almost entirely from cardboard and recyclable materials and forming the shape of a giant bear. As visitors travel through the bear-like installation, they are introduced to the basic design and formation of the cartoon character of Who the Bær before embarking on a series of adventures that follow Who the Bær around their fairytale world. Told through drawings, collages, sculptures and animations, we witness Who the Bær in their perennial quest for an authentic self.
Inspired by the tradition of fairytales as well as modern animation movies, Fujiwara uses the mechanisms of fantasy to explore some of the joys and traumas we face as a society possessed with images and spectacle.
The exhibition is completed by a publication, which is part of Fondazione Prada’s Quaderni series. Conceived as an illustrated story book, it includes a conversation with the artist.
The adventures of Who the Bær can be experienced on Instagram following their official account @whothebaer.
Esther Schipper is pleased to announce the representation of Cemile Sahin
Cemile Sahin was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1990. She studied Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. She lives and works in Berlin.
Sahin's artistic practice operates between film, photography, sculpture and text. Points of departure include both images and stories, which she stages in multimedia video installations. Her work questions the instrumentalization of media and the significance of diverse perspectives for the writing of history. Working with a variety of media, she explores how history and its narration changes when it is constructed through diverse—or even contradictory—points of view.
Her debut novel TAXI was published in 2019, followed by her book Alle Hunde Sterben in 2020, both of which are important components of her artistic practice. In 2019 she was awarded the ars viva 2020 prize for Visual Arts. The same year she was a fellow of the JUNGE AKADEMIE at the Akademie der Künste Berlin.
Esther Schipper is pleased to announce the representation of Rosa Barba
Rosa Barba was born in 1972 in Agrigento, Italy. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
She studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and has completed her PhD at the Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University in 2018.
She has been a visiting professor at MIT, ACT (Program in Art, Culture and Technology), in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Barba holds a professorship in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, Bremen.
Rosa Barba engages within the medium of film through a sculptural approach. In her works, Barba creates installations and site-specific interventions to analyze the ways film articulates space, placing the work and the viewer in a new relationship. Questions of composition, physicality of form and plasticity play an important role for the artist as Barba examines the industry of cinema and its staging vis-à-vis gesture, genre, information and documents. Her film works are situated between experimental documentary and fictional narrative. They often focus on natural landscapes and human-made interventions into the environment and explore the relationship of historical records, personal anecdotes, and filmic representation, creating spaces of memory and uncertainty.
Book Launch with Liam GillickMuseo Madre, Naples Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 6.30 pm www.madrenapoli.it
On Wednesday September 9, at 18.30, the Museo Madre will present the new publication by Liam Gillick: Standing On Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019 published in June 2020 by Edizioni Madre and arte’m.
After an introduction by the president of the Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee, Laura Valente, Liam Gillick will be joined in conversation with the curators, Alberto Salvadori and Andrea Viliani.
The publication is the first retrospective dedicated exclusively to Liam Gillick’s film production.