I am glad to share with you my new experimental project "Ab Ovo" with 600 eggs
It was a pleasure to work with you a&o Kunsthalle, VILLA Leipzig Thank you!
Ab Ovo, 2021 installation Plastic eggs, spray paint, silicone, spray varnish/ 570*50 cm
Ab ovo (Latin for "from the egg” meaning from the origin) is a creative and research practice of reconstructing different layers of society through such a multi-purpose and adorable tool as an egg. This practice aims to look at the humanity from the beginning to nowadays and to comprehend its traumatic history. The fact is, although being such a fundamental part of the culture, the egg gets treated differently by different traditions. This poses the question of how we, actually sharing the same civilizational objects, have diverged into discriminating both them and based on them. Now, I, as an artist, wish to discuss some social issues in the context of the egg because its artistic application, i.e. dyeing it into different colors, has always captivated me, who grew up in the country with Zoroastrian rituals, since childhood.
There is a well-known inquiry – which came first, the Chicken or the Egg? Regardless of the answer, the latter most certainly possesses more symbolic vital energy than the former. To note, ancient traditions linked the creation of the universe to an egg, suggesting that the Earth itself may have been born out of an egg; and this I believe is as admissible as the theory of Big Band or creation ex nihilo. Therefore, I ask myself, ‘Why not the egg?’.
This question allows discovering certain aesthetic dimensions of the egg valuable for artistic exploration and expression. Primarily, there is an interesting contrast between the soft interior and the protective tough exterior. It resembles subcultural cores in a society – they both hide and conserve definite codes to insiders and protect them from the attack of a diverse range of other cultural models. On the other hand, we, as observers, always see the shell of an egg/person and never the inside unless breaking/distinguishing it and letting their inner become our out. All in all, this project aims to raise our awareness of ourselves – of our biases, historical narratives, and other cultural orientations. ... See MoreSee Less
czy to nie piękne: m. in. urwitałckie, okołofalenickie, meklemburskie i berlińskie bagna ramię w ramię na lipskiej ścianie :')
spokojnie wieszałam je jak to ja: późno, niedokładnie, niedbale, nierówno i na oko – i tak było na krzywą, powybrzuszaną ścianę (taka faktura i to celowo...), która nawet przy użyciu poziomic i centymetrów nie pozwalała na równość ani schludność. i bardzo dobrze – poza oszczędnością cierpliwości oraz czasu to podobnie jak w naturze. jakie ma to zresztą znaczenie w perspektywie wieczności torfowisk – o ile ich nie zniszczymy!
BAGNO MUSI BYĆ MOKRE / MOOR MUSS NASS / MIRE MUST BE WET! 🌾
End of May we had a nice talk with Maéva Baudoin and Gabriela Kobus about the exhibition "Informal City Park". Maéva Baudoin is researcher at the Institut für Stadtentwicklung of the university Leipzig. (Institute for Urban development/management) Within her research she has developed an expertise in Urban Design working in fast-growing cities in Canada, France, Senegal, Brazil and now Germany.
You can check out our talk on our Instagram. Also take a look at the Facebook Site of the Institut für Stadtentwicklung here:
Last week we had a little talk with Benedikt Kuhn, who contributet a text to the publication that has been published alongside our exhibition "Das ist der Regen. Der Regen regnet." Head over to our instagram page to listen to the full talk! 🙂 Benedikt is currently studying cultural sciences, philosophy and literary writing in Leipzig. He also wrote a text for a project of volksbühne berlin, which you can check out here:
Eine transmediale Inszenierung von Texten von Sandra Burkhardt, Christina Hansen und Benedikt Kuhn // Zoom in: unsere Häuser, in denen wir neu zu leben und Zimmer, die wir anders kennenlernen mussten...
Until May 28th you can visit the ifa funded exhibiton 'Informal City Park' at a&o Kunsthalle in Leipzig: Gabriela Kobus collaborated with a team of curators from Kairo called „StudioKhana“ and artists from Kairo, Leipzig and Dresden. Within the project they focused on working with the terms „amusement park in the slum“. In the combination of these terms Gabriela Kobus sees an unwieldy field that raises questions about absurdity, pathos and dubious ideas for charity. She brings up a connection of different realities of life via the need for pleasure to open up an experimental thinking space in which contradictions and questions as well as both subjects can be examined.