until 24.07. | #3369ARTatBerlin | KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst currently shows the solo exhibition Red Threads at Maschinenhaus M2 by artist Michaela Melián.
In her visual and acoustic collages, Michaela Melián (*1956 in Munich) asks questions about the social, about memory, language, and identity. Her drawings, objects, multimedia installations, and audio works refer to a complex network of historical facts and their traces in the present day. Melián’s first retrospective in Berlin covers the entire range of her work as an artist. The updated works, including the sound sculptures Mannheim Chairs, the multimedia installation Heimweh (Else Lasker-Schüler), Mossberg Model Bullpup (a gun-shaped velvet sofa), and the tapestry from the installation Girl-Kultur, present a wide range of contexts.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is the installation TANIA, which was developed specifically for the KINDL, on the multilayered myths surrounding the guerrilla Tamara Bunke (alias Tania), whose biography has been interpreted in a variety of ways in the East and West, including North and South America. While Tamara Bunke / Tania played a major role in the public consciousness in East Germany, in present-day Germany she has practically disappeared from public memory. The artist follows these various traces and condenses them into a multilayered complex in a mural designed for the exhibition spaces and a multi-channel sound work.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a discursive and educational programme that deepens and expands Melián’s approach to artistic research and her aesthetic processes.
A catalogue with essays by authors including Hanne Loreck and a conversation between Joanna Warsza and the artist will be published by spector books in Leipzig in September 2022.
Curators: Kathrin Becker, Ingrid Wagner
This exhibition is supported by funds from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin.
Opening: Saturday, 26th March 2022, 2:00 – 10:00 pm.
Exhibition dates: Sunday, 27th March – Wednesday, 7th July 2022to the gallery
Image caption: Michaela Melián, Red Threads / Tania, 2021, Tusche auf Papier / Ink on paper, © Michaela Melián / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022.
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