MASCHINENHAUS M0 (Power House)
10 September – 3 December 2017
Opening: 9 September 2017, 5 – 9 pm
The KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art is showing the new series Berlin Fassaden by the sculptor Asta Gröting. The point of departure for these works is facades that still contain traces of the Second World War in the form of bullet holes. Asta Gröting replicates the damaged walls in sculpture by making silicone impressions of them. These function like long exposures that depict the story from the moment of the bullets’ impact to the present time. Dust, dirt, and even graffiti are applied to the material and give these negative imprints, some of which are monumental in scale, an almost painted effect. The bullet holes protrude like scars of history from the heavy silicone skin. The silicone reconstructs wounds as architectural traces and translates them into abstract pictures. “I want to look from inside these destroyed walls and facades into the world—as if I could see my own face staring back at me.”, says Asta Gröting.
When facades crumble, hidden stories are exposed. “My eyes stare into the bullet and canon holes and the holes stare right back into my own psychic holes. In a bold conceptual strike, Gröting embodies/embalms both trauma and time in a ghostly silicone skin.”, Deborah Levy writes about Berlin Fassaden in the accompanying publication.
A comprehensive presentation of works from the series Berlin Fassaden will be shown for the first time at the KINDL.
The exhibition is curated by Andreas Fiedler.
An accompanying catalogue will be published by Sternberg Press.