Habseligkeiten / Possessions. The artist predominantly works with the given architectural, historical and cultural contexts of an exhibition situation. She attaches great importance to the context of a space and establishes a relation between individual contexts, which she connects in a spatial arrangement. Some works elucidate only the idea, the attempt to establish connections, or even the loss of connections, and thus merely display fragments of the contexts.
Habseligkeiten / Possesions
The artist Ayse Erkmen, who lives in Istanbul and Berlin, predominantly works with the given architectural, historical and cultural contexts of an exhibition situation. She attaches great importance to the context of a space and establishes a relation between individual contexts, for example language and architecture, which she connects in a spatial arrangement. Some works elucidate only the idea, the attempt to establish connections, or even the loss of connections, and thus merely display fragments of the contexts. This is also the case in the exhibition Habseligkeiten / Possessions at Galerie Barbara Weiss.
In the galleryâ€™s entrance space, a chain across the room prevents access to the window. When taking a closer look, one sees that the chain is made up of individual silver rings with small holes. The diamonds that once embellished these rings are missing. One can thus assume that the artist uses the title of the exhibition, Habseligkeiten / Possessions, to refer to the material of silver that plays a very important role in Turkey.
In the galleryâ€™s large room, Ayse Erkmen takes up the representation of fragments in the form of a projection of 84 different landscape photographs. The photographs gradually build up in sections from top to bottom, as if one were viewing images slowly loading on the Internet. The pictures are subject to a kind of choreography; some are completed quicker, others slower. Like in earlier shows, Ayse Erkmen uses purchased photographs from an image database usually applied for advertising purposes. The depicted landscapes appear stereotypical, like postcard idylls, anonymous and lifeless, since they were taken from their context and follow each in a random sequence, without an unambiguous context or relation of the landscape becoming evident for the viewer.
The back room of the gallery is entirely blocked by an inserted wall which is part of the projection surface. Only from the street can a yellow poster with the inscription Kleine hintere Kammer / Small back room be discerned, attached to the outer glass facade of the gallery. This poster clarifies the relation between the interior and exterior space and thus symbolises the expansion of the gallery space to the outside.
By blocking a room and cordoning off by means of a silver chain as an object of value, the artist utilises the galleryâ€™s exhibition space contrary to its actual function and thus subtly questions the gallery as an institution and presentation site.
Exhibitions since 2001 (selection)
1993 Das Haus, DAAD Galerie, Berlin; 1995 4. Internationale Biennale, Istanbul; 1997 Skulpturen Projekte 1997, MÃ¼nster; 1998 Echolot, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; 2001 Shipped Ships, Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt/M; Looking at You, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; 2002 Kein Gutes Zeichen, Secession, Wien; MÃ¼ÃŸiggang, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin; 2003 Kuckuck, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Die performative Installation I, "Gegeben sind...", Konstruktion und Situation, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck; 2004 Bis August, Gesellschaft fÃ¼r aktuelle Kunst, Bremen; DurchnÃ¤sst, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
GM. Une installation de Ayse Erkmen, Palais de Beaux-Arts, BrÃ¼ssel 16. Oktober 2004 -16. Januar 2005; Scenic Overlooks, Galerist, Istanbul 11. Januar -12. Februar 2005; Icon Gallery, Birmingham, Mai 2005
Opening: February 3, 6 - 8.30 pm
Image: Ayse Erkmen Ring, 2005
Gallery program 2005
04.01 - 29.01 Andreas Siekmann
03.02 - 16.03 Ayse Erkmen Habseligkeiten
24.03 - 30.04 Groupshow
06.05 - 25.06 Nicole Eisenman
02.07 - 20.08 John Miller The Middle of The Day
27.08 - 01.10 Marijke van Warmerdam
08.10 - 12.11 Maria Eichhorn
18.11 - 22.12 Raoul de Keyser
Galerie Barbara Weiss
Zimmerstrasse 88 -89 10117 Berlin
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 6pm