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»The Lobster Needs to Get Rid of Its Shell«

25 May 2023 - 05 Aug 2023

The lobster has a hard time stripping off its shell. But what happens if he succeeds?

Join us at the upcoming exhibition, thoughtfully developed and curated by Kyra Tabea Balderer and Ellen Möckel, as it brings together the visions of eight artists from various disciplines. Together they explore the pressing issues of global coexistence in the age of the Anthropocene.

Within the walls of the a&o Kunsthalle, a captivating display of photography, video works, prints, and sculptures awaits. Despite their formal differences, the displayed artworks share a “lens-based” approach. Through experimental practices incorporating still and moving images, and animation, the artists offer fresh perspectives on our world. Employing visual and fictional strategies, they examine their surroundings and seek collective pathways to envision unconventional futures.

The curators have purposefully chosen to minimize the space to enable a deeper examination of these complex artistic subjects. Surrounded by a transitional zone, they have created an intimate sanctuary where diverse positions converge. The spatial limitation conditions a dynamic of its own. The artworks form a microcosm, which can be observed and examined in detail as if under a magnifying glass. The connections and cross-references that develop and flourish in that environment unfold in experimental arrangements throughout the exhibition.

The lobster’s message is clear:
We must embrace change and actively shape the conditions for this together.

Participating Artists:
Kyra Tabea Balderer, Irma Blumstock, Ceal Floyer, Agnieszka Mastalerz, Ellen Möckel, Victoria Pidust, Valentina Pini, Milva Stutz

Concept and Curation:
Kyra Tabea Balderer und Ellen Möckel

The exhibition is partly funded by Pro Helvetia Stiftung.

Opening Hours
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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  • Date: 25 May 2023 - 05 Aug 2023
  • Location:Leipzig
  • Curators:Kyra Tabea Balderer, Ellen Möckel