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Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned
7 August 2015, 7pm
NN Contemporary Art is hosting a special screening of Yael Bartana’s trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned on 7 August 2015, 7pm.
The three films, Mary Koszmary (Nightmares) 2007, Mur i Wieza (Wall and Tower) 2009 and Zamach (Assassination) 2011, explore a complicated set of social and political relationships among Jewish people, Poles and other Europeans in the age of globalisation.
Yael Bartana’s films, installations and photographs explore the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. Her starting point is the national consciousness propagated by her native country Israel. Central to the work are meanings implied by terms like ‘homeland’, ‘return’ and ‘belonging’.
Bartana investigates these through the ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of the nation state. In her Israeli projects, The artist dealt with the impact of war, military rituals and a sense of threat on every-day life.
Between 2006 and 2011, the artist was working in Poland, creating the trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, a project on the history of Polish-Jewish relations and its influence on the contemporary Polish identity, which premiered at the Polish pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale.
Admission is free but booking essential: http://and-europe-will-be-stunned.eventbrite.com
Yael Bartana’s film trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned is part of The Artangel Collection, an initiative to bring outstanding film and video works, commissioned and produced by Artangel, to galleries and museums across the UK. The Artangel Collection has been developed in partnership with Tate and is generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and using public funding by Arts Council England.
Image: Yael Bartana, Zamach (Assassination), 2011, video still, courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
Vertigo: Heike Gallmeier
Opening night 21 August 2015
22 August–4 October 2015
This summer NN Contemporary Art will be hosting an exhibition of new work by Berlin- based artist Heike Gallmeier entitled Vertigo. Gallmeier takes us through her journey from Berlin to Northampton with an assortment of collected materials used to create various installations en route. Using a transport van as a small mobile studio, Heike Gallmeier travelled, worked and lived in the van for ten days, avoiding main roads and collecting discarded objects and materials on the way. Alongside the mobile studio cube and an installation of the collected objects, the artist shows complex staged photographs. Heike Gallmeier creates sculptural constellations based on art-historical imagery. Her works reconstruct pictoral spaces from old paintings into spatial and abstract compositional structures. Gallmeier’s pictorial exploration leads her from the two- dimensional painting, to the three-dimensional sculptural installation and from there back to the two-dimensional picture for her works that take photographic form as their final appearance; the picture-based sculpture repeats a painting and the photographed sculpture repeats the repetition. Gallmeier’s three dimensional works are comprised of found objects and architectural elements. Each element is devoid of autonomy, validated through the systematic, pictorial arrangement and from the relationship with the other elements in space. Gallmeier’s installations are like optical devices, or spatial viewing diagrams. The predetermination of the found material corresponds to the predetermination of the art-historical imagery. The found elements are parallel to the found art-historical images whose pictorial spaces they reconstruct. Gallmeier’s oscillation between two and three dimensions blurs the difference between actual space and illusional space, between pictorial representation and sculptural representation and between the architectural and the speculative. This project is part of NN’s Ways to think about diaspora season and inspired by the German population of Northampton. Vertigo follows Poland International and Yael Bartana’s And Europe Will be Stunned. Vertigo runs concurrently with the offsite project Filaments from the Dandelion Clock.
About the artist:
Born in Berlin in 1972, Heike Gallmeier studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Mainz and finished her studies in the master class of the sculpture department at the Art Academy Berlin-Weissensee. She has exhibited internationally and received awards and stipends of Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn, Senate of Berlin, Goethe Institut and Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venice.
Image: Heike Gallmeier, Vertigo 2, C-print, 145 cm x 180 cm, 2015