Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson | MEWO Kunsthalle, Germany
MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany
Opening Friday January 27th, 2017 at 7pm
Runs through May 1st 2017
Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafson |Yvon Chabrowski | Daniel Gustav Cramer & Henry Andersen | Hannes Egger | Famed | Sebastian Hammwöhner | Katrin Heichel | Sven Johne | Jana Müller & Wiebke Elzel | Julia Pfeiffer | Jochen Plogsties | Cornelia Renz | Martin G. Schmid | Stephan A. Schmidt | Andrzej Steinbach | Wolfgang Tillmans | Gabriel Vormstein | Matthias Wermke & Mischa Leinkauf
We’ve come a long way from when the twelve clauses (Memmingen, 1525) were established, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations (New York, 1949) and the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (Bonn, 1949). Over and over again political units had to agree, to define the rights of every individual and in order to enable a continuous peaceful community. These regulations have always been cultural achievements that have now become our mission statements.
“Culture” is always mentioned, when the communal life causes difficulties. Utmost questionable terms like “dominant culture” (Leitkultur) or “culture of the Christian Occident” are in continuous use and conduce only the demarcation. As if culture has ever been a canonical framework.
With this exhibition, we, the artists are asking; what freedom means for you today? Perhaps cultural professionals could contribute to clarify the meanings of these terms? Some of the answers are obvious political statements, others relate to the freedom of the arts and the opportunity of an unrestricted occupation. The results that are displayed in this exhibition are as manifold as they are multi-layered.
Libia Castro (b. 1970, Spain) and Ólafur Ólafsson (b. 1973) live in Rotterdam and Berlin and have collaborated and exhibited internationally since 1996. The work of this artist duo is always on the move. Sometimes taking elements from earlier projects with them to their next destination, they once again enter into a relationship with their current surroundings. By means of portraying, mapping, intervening and informally collaborating with people they meet, they explore space, the environment and its dynamics in different possible and impossible ways. Their projects have an open-ended structure and often result in playful, poetic, subversive and critical works.