Press Release

Under the title Welcome to the Jungle, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf is bringing together a selection of international works that critically, reflectively, and often humorously, yet without moralistic finger-pointing, refer to those conditions and paradoxes in which we become entangled while attempting to do the right thing.



International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2018

Welcome to the Jungle

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (Germany)

03.03 - 21.05.2018




Exhibition March 3 - May 21, 2018. Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Grabbeplatz 4 - 40213 Düsseldorf (Germany). T +49 211 8996243.







Welcome to the Jungle, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

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Oto Hudec, Concert for Adishi Glacier (still), 2017. HD-Video. Courtesy Gandy Gallery.

For instance, there is a tendency today to revolt against circumstances in which, through our decisions, we implicitly allow entrepreneurial, social, and resource-related practices to take place which we would reject in specific cases when, for example, human beings and nature suffer as a result. This manifests itself in the form of conscious consumer choices in food, clothing, and travel, or the simple question of which topics and voices we lend our time and attention to. From carbon footprints to sustainable financial investments, from corporate social responsibility to the environmental impact of the production chain—in practice, the density of information is taking on jungle-like proportions. Yet it is often not clear what fits best with our own beliefs or which path would theoretically be the right one. It is an attempt to orient ourselves amid the noise and thickets of the jungle and to discern the big picture from the local perspective. Collective movements emerge and condense. Investigative journalism and viral narratives share the bandwidth with professional image campaigns and digital smokescreens. Quality seals for fair trade or organic production increasingly work like brands, and ways of life devoted to sustainability can be adapted from magazines in the visual language of the fashion and lifestyle industry. Thus, the jungle is also a symbol of disorientation and overload, a place where no one direction looks more promising than any other. Each new position appears like an arbitrary selection of those already available. Every new narrative is already part of a larger narrative in which fiction and enlightenment merge.

Whether on a broad scale and on the macroeconomic level the individual question “How do I want to live?” will lead to a critical potential and, as a consequence, solutions for the social and ecological problems of mankind can be found is certainly one of the exciting issues with which we are faced. Yet for the individual, the dilemma remains: Do I measure myself against a hypothetical success of my decisions and results (and am I on a constant search for new insights, since this morning’s information is no longer valid), or can attitude, intention, and integrity remain valid standards within my individual life circumstances?

The visual arts also address questions that explicitly deal with these topics. The focus of the exhibition is on such artistic practices that sharpen our awareness of these states and processes, paradoxes and contradictions in the everyday jungle of information, wisdom, half-truths, prejudices, and rules. The selected works do not so much specify a concrete path or paint an apocalyptic picture, but instead seriously and wholeheartedly examine the realities of the jungle and ultimately encourage the viewer to pursue stimulating questions and explore new approaches or poetic and absurd paths in an encouraging and humorous atmosphere.

The exhibition brings together video installations, performances, large-scale productions, and site-specific works by international artists. They are mainly the works and perspectives of a younger generation.
With Jonathas de Andrade, Kristina Buch, Oto Hudec, Laura Lima, Cinthia Marcelle, Mario Pfeifer, Liu Shiyuan, Kota Takeuchi, Alvaro Urbano

Curated by Jasmina Merz and Anna Lena Seiser



Oto Hudec, Concert for Adishi Glacier (still), 2017. HD-Video. Courtesy Gandy Gallery.