until 17.06. | #1246ARTatBerlin | Konrad Fischer Galerie shows from 28th April 2017 the exhibition “They Shoot Horses (Part Two)” by the belgian artist Edith Dekyndt .
The title of the exhibition refers to the novel They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy, written in 1935 and reaching wider fame with Sydney Pollack’s 1968 film of the book starring Jane Fonda. The novel tells of a dance marathon in the United States from the time of the Great Depression.
Edith Dekyndt’s installation They Shoot Horses (Part Two) consists of a heavy velvet curtain pierced at regular intervals by steel nails, drawn through the length of the room and video showing archive footage of a 1930s dance marathon. The heavy velvet curtain, emblematic of the bourgeoisie, is reminiscent of luxurious interior design and of the large glamorous stage curtain of a theatre. The evenly-arranged nails contrast starkly with the comforting velvet, transforming the refined textile into an ‘iron curtain’.
Edith Dekyndt, born in 1960 in Yper, Belgium, was a guest of the Berlin Artists Programme of the DAAD in 2015. She lives and works in Tournai and Berlin. Her works have been shown internationally including at BOZAR and at WIELS in Brussels, at Le Consortium in Dijon, at the Moscow Biennale in 2013, at MoMa Museum of Modern Art in New York, at Witte de With in Rotterdam and at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Edith Dekyndt is currently nominated for the Belgian Art Prize. She holds a stipend from the Pinault Collection, who we thank for their kind support. This Summer Dekyndt is participating in the 57th Venice Biennale curated by Christine Macel.
Vernissage: Friday, 28th April 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition period: Friday, 28th April to Monday, 17th June 2017Zur Konrad Fischer Galerie
Image caption: They Shoot Horses, 2016. Courtesy the Artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie
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