until 26.11. | #3634ARTatBerlin | Loock Galerie presents from 14. October 2022 (Vernissage: 13.10.) the exhibition „Birds“ by the artist Cyrill Lachauer.
LOOCK Gallery is pleased to announce that it is now officially representing artist and photographer Cyrill Lachauer. This Thursday, Lachauer’s solo exhibition opens at B-PART Exhibition, featuring for the first time his work Birds (Nat. Geo. 1989-1999), curated by Hans-Jörg Clement and supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Lachauer on his body of work:
“As a teenager, I was given a complete National Geographic collection from 1989 to 1999 by a friend of my parents. Back then, the magazines were only available in English and it was still a time when print media had the resources for high-quality work. The magazines were a treasure for me as I was already travelling a lot, taking photographs and considering studying ethnology. When I was working on the cycle ‘The Adventures of a White Middle Class Man (From Black Hawk to Mother Leafy Anderson)’, 2016-2017 at Mississippi, I engaged with signs and symbols of the Hobos, the American figure of the wanderer. Not wanting to appropriate any of their symbols, also known as tines in German, I developed an abstracted, three-part form of a bird of prey inspired by the eagles I encountered in the upper reaches of the Mississippi. In the 2017 exhibition “What Do You Want Here” at the Berlinische Galerie, the bird’s sign appeared both as a canvas object and as the cover of a newspaper conceived especially for the exhibition.
Now, five years later, I have continued to explore birds, which led to this work, where each individual collage consists of three parts that have been cut out in analogue. I only used photographs that do not show people, but landscapes of any kind. Landscapes are always created in interaction with a variety of actors and are not subject to a nature-culture duality. The resulting birds show novel landscapes of decay, destruction, distant worlds, but also birds of great beauty and sadness. In the course of the work, it became clear how damaged the earth already was in the years 1989 to 1999 – from burning oil fields in Kuwait to the destruction of Amazonia – and the situation has not improved until today, but only continued to deteriorate dramatically. The birds show up as messengers of dying, but in their form and diversity also as messengers of hope in the sense of an invitation to remain restless (Donna Haraway, 2018). I understand them as fellow beings who call us to action.”
Vernissage: Thursday, 13. October 2022, from 6 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Friday, 14. October– Saturday, 26. November 2022To the gallery
Caption title: Cyrill Lachauer, Birds, installation view, B-PART, 2022
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