Gatekeepers, 2023

100 x 140 x 2cm, steel, lacquer, fringing.

A steel barrier, consisting of two outstretched hands, suspended at the end of two bulbous arms, blocks the entrance to the gallery. One hand holds a wad of cash and seems to be giving it to the other. To enter, the visitor must push their way in, interrupting the transaction. The spring-loaded double action hinges, which allow each arm of this gate piece to swing both in-and out of the gallery space, are tight. So tight that their movement is quick and aggressive. The visitor will feel the gate swing back sharply behind them, and they must take care that that whoever follows them is not injured in the process. The title references the often referred to criticism of people or institutions in power to control who and what becomes part of contemporary history. As the gallery celebrates 15 years of survival, its future role in choosing, shaping and nurturing artistic endeavours is all the more critical.

Exhibited at ChertLüdde group exhibition to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the gallery.

Exhibited Artists: Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Monia Ben Hamouda, Sol Calero, Gabriel Chaile, Stephanie Comilang, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Patrizio di Massimo, Annette Frick, Kasia Fudakowski, Petrit Halilaj, Rodrigo Hernández, David Horvitz, Heike Kabisch, Zora Mann, Rosemary Mayer, Franco Mazzucchelli, Juan Antonio Olivares, Robert Rehfeldt, Vanessa Safavi, Sofía Salazar Rosales, Agnes Scherer, Tyra Tingleff, Vincent Trasov, Álvaro Urbano, Erik van der Weijde, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, and Petrit Halilaj & Álvaro Urbano.

 

 

Gate keepers, 2023, Photo by Marjorie Brunet Plaza Courtesy of ChertLüdde, Berlin

Photo by Marjorie Brunet Plaza Courtesy of ChertLüdde, Berlin

Photo by Marjorie Brunet Plaza Courtesy of ChertLüdde, Berlin

Installation view, Photo by Marjorie Brunet Plaza Courtesy of ChertLüdde, Berlin