On the occasion of Edith Dekyndt’s reception of the Finkenwerder Art Prize 2019, the Kunsthaus Hamburg will present a comprehensive solo exhibition of her works in collaboration with the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
International Archives 1st half of 2019
For her exhibition at the Kunsthaus Hamburg, Edith Dekyndt is developing a series of new works that will relate to the city in various ways. With its port, and as a global transshipment hub, Hamburg is part of an economic trading system that generates a clearly visible local prosperity, which, however, is also characterized by extreme disparities. Thus, not far from Hamburg’s city center, the waste of the so-
Contrasting material characteristics and aggregate states of objects, images, and sounds, often drawn from everyday life, are consistent features of the artist’s survey exhibition. Dekyndt links the various elements with one another through subtle interventions in a complex synesthetic field of references. She often uses ephemeral materials such as fabrics, earth, liquids, or salts in her works, making the silent energies of natural transformation processes visible or documenting the formative dynamics that she discovers in her environment in short video sequences.
In the exhibition title The White, The Black, The Blue, the artist is alluding to the manifold symbolic power of colors, the meaning of which greatly varies depending upon the given context and connotation. In her works, Edith Dekyndt always places human perceptual abilities in a social and political framework in which the supposed neutrality of natural phenomena strongly contrast with how and for which purpose man takes possession of these.
Curated by Katja Schroeder
Exhibition June 08, August 04, 2019. Kunsthaus Hamburg
Klosterwall 15 -
Edith Dekyndt, The Blue (detail), 2019.
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