AYAMI AWAZUHARA, DUNJA HERZOG – Drift and Shift

Kunstverein Göttingen

  • 02.09.2018. - 28.10.2018

The double-bill exhibition Drift and Shift, shows works by artists Ayami Awazuhara und Dunja Herzog, which address various aspects on the topic of cultural transfers of resources, commodities and meanings.

Awazuhara‘s artistic practice encompasses numerous types of media, including photography, performance, installation, as well as video. Her works are connected by their demonstration of cultural transfor-mation processes, which she seeks in the everyday and the ever-pre-sent. The artist dedicates her exhibition at the Kunstverein Göttingen to the element of water and its philosophical connotations. Using this as a starting point, she researched on the topic of Fontana di Trevi in Rome, as well as the fountains in anonymous shopping centers world-wide, resulting in a photographic work. Awazuhara also deals with the phenomenon of shop, restaurant and cafe names in Berlin, which refe-rence far-away cities, regions and countries, such as the grocery store ‚Bagdad‘ or the cosmetic salon ‚USA Nails‘. The artist takes on an observant position to develop a topography of Berlin in a video work, in which she combines the longing for faraway places and the diminis-hing memory of a home with its everyday scenarios and interactions, occurring in the context of trade, commodities and services.

The artistic work of Herzog is influenced by the effects of colonial history on personal narratives, bodies and materials, which come together to become mindful and poetic spaces. At the Kunstverein Göt-tingen, the artist presents a series of brass objects, which she produced in cooperation with the workshop of Phil Omodamwen; a bronze-cas-ting workshop in its 7th generation from Benin-city, Nigeria. Some of the works are part of a jewelry collection called „red gold import export“ made of material extracted from e-waste, which is a long-term project of Herzog. Together with the artists Jeremiah Day and Hilla Steinert, she also reflects on the historical background of the con-duction properties of copper, which act as the basis to a body-based performance translation thereof. The performance will take place on October 7th at 12am in the Old Town Hall.

Funded by Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and Sparkasse Göttingen, Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Niedersächsiches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur, Aargauer Kuratorium, kulturelles.bl

(press release)