The exhibition Friday the 13th | Freitag, der 13. | 13 – ה ישיש םוי at CIRCLE1 presents a number of international artistsin the context of a cultural dialogue. The works of the exhibiting artists illuminate contradictory perspectives on an object or matter, as is exemplified in the title and the opening date of the show, where the number 13 can be interpreted either as an unlucky number or as a lucky number, depending on the cultural background and historical context. The exhibition deals with certain cultural, political as well as artistic, formal phenomena, which revolve around contradictions, paradoxes and contrasting pairs.
The works of Ella Littwitz, Noa Gur and Ronit Porat reduce the political adoption of symbols to absurdity, whereas benandsebastian and J&K in their pseudo-authentic installations and objects play with the supposed aura of cultural and historical artefacts. The identity-establishing and power-preserving narratives and myths, that are passed on as being true or false, good or bad, valuable or worthless within a culture or nation, reveal themselves at second glance to be arbitrary and pathetic. Other works look at the sensation of being divided between two places: Ulrich Vogl, Yinon Avior, Alexandra Baumgartner, Matti Isan Blind and Johannes Vogl deal with both human longing and fear in relation to the Other and the exotic land. In a poetic manner, sometimes by only minimal intervention and by a shift of context our perception of the inner and outer world of man is bought into question.
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Exhibition: 14.11.15 – 19.12.15
At: CIRCLE1, Mittenwalder Straße 47, 10961 Berlin, Germany
Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday 12 – 6 pm
Works by: Yinon Avior, Alexandra Baumgartner, benandsebastian, Matti Isan Blind, Noa Gur, Ella Littwitz, Ronit Porat, J&K / Janne Schäfer and Kristine Agergaard, Johannes Vogl and Ulrich Vogl
Curated by: Hannah Beck-Mannagetta