ALBA GALLERY PRESENTS TAKE MY HAND AND I’LL SHOW YOU WHAT WAS AND WILL BE
The Alba gallery presents the artists Miriam Cahn | Leslie de Chavez | Stine Deja | Lars Eidinger | Martina Menegon | Christiane Peschek | Margot Pilz | Anna Vasof
08.04. - 25.05. 2022
ALBA Gallery GmbH
Schleifmühlgasse 3, 1040 Vienna
TAKE MY HAND AND I’LL SHOW YOU WHAT WAS AND WILL BE
A closing line to an opening song of a final album.
An invitation to an exploration of the wide-ranged conditions of human identity and contemplations on them.
Being attracted by the aesthetics of both the immensely atrocious as well as the overwhelmingly beautiful, we as human beings deal with universal issues.
The undeniable disparity between what we as a society commonly agree upon as real life and our individually perceived reality – aligned to the purpose of prevarication – remains uncanny.
Self-destructive behavioural patterns reflect on the paradigms of contemporary times and emotional mechanisms, as seductive illusions consume us with heart and soul.
Embracing those identity fomenting directions emerging from plurality, proprioceptively renegotiating the fragility of both the physical and the virtual self, this tone-setting and program-defining group exhibition explores this spectrum in all its beauty and atrocity.
Entering the exhibition, visitors are greeted by Christiane Peschek’s (*1984, AT) GIRLS CLUB.
The series of self-portraits of the artist printed on silk deals with the hype of a generic beauty towards the female face and the constant desire for youth and happiness, we are thriving for.
Martina Menegon’s (*1988, IT) monumental work algorithmically controlled live simulation, a real-time generated virtual reality that takes place in a version of the future in which humans, out of desperation, gather in masses on the last remaining piece of land.
Inspired by the walrus scene in the documentary “Our Planet”(2019) narrated by David Attenborough and produced by Silverback Films, the project proposes an intense scenario encompassing our environmental and personal crises.
It reflects on how we identify and connect ourselves in different realities while addressing the human condition in a world of ecological and therefore social crisis. “untouched” is a series of 3D Scan-Selfies presented as performative virtual sculptures with Augmented Reality capability.
Menegon captures herself via 3D Scanning technique, using her physical body in movement to alter and “corrupt” the resulting virtual body.
Using 3D Scanning as an artistic medium, Menegon’s self-scanning procedure becomes an intimate process, a journey towards a deep understanding of our virtual identities and selves.
Challenging the notion of the virtual as appearing perfect while exposing the results of the scans “as is”, with all the beautiful flaws, mistakes and data loss, “untouched” presents a new authentic digital body, an avatar fixed in time yet always performing.
Here the body escapes physicality and is virtually captured in the shape of a moment in time impossible to clearly define as it’s fluid
Lars Eidinger’s (*1976, GER) photographs make us aware of societal paradoxes we encounter everyday.
The sujets of homeless people and marginalised groups are to be seen as reminders that we have adapted to accept everyday cruelty as part of our life and raise
“when you are close to me I shiver” is an act becomes a performative way to connect with new glitched selves.
the question of how we face our coping mechanisms.
Similar to Margot Pilz, Swiss artist Miriam Cahn (*1949, CH) influenced the feminist art movement in the 1970s and 80s.
The motifs often seem banal at a first glance but bear a deep root of feminism and anti-violence movement.
Cahn’s figures are often surrounded by a shadowy, atmospheric band of colour, a diffuse aura that mediates between the motif and the colourful non-figurative background.
Traditionally, the hard, ‘masculine’ outline served to set figures apart from their surroundings and to establish them as self-identical individuals.
Cahn, by contrast, creates transitions rather than borders;
diffusion rather than difference.
Images and text courtesy the Alba gallery
All Images (c) kunstdokumentation.com Manuel Carreon Lopez
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