6 September - 6 October 2007
5 September, 6-8pm
The gallery’s opening exhibition will be Grutas,
a trilogy of films by Astrid Nippoldt. The film footage for
this work was shot in Grutas Park in Lithuania home to a collection
of Soviet era monumental sculpture made obsolete by the collapse
of the Soviet Union after 1989 and gathered together in a landscape
that is part historical theme park, part recreation of the Gulag.
Nippoldt’s three films take this landscape as the starting
point for an investigation into the relationship between art
and cinema and the psychology of place, history and memory.
My working process is basically divided into two steps.
First there is a confrontation with reality, a situation, a
place, a scenario. Sometimes in the form of a spontaneous shot,
sometimes as a planned observation and sometimes things happen
accidentally by circumstances and I become aware of their pertinence
at the moment of doing, or even afterwards. The second step
is post-production. My approach is non-linear, intuitive: with
sketches, notes and a collection of related elements. The editing
itself is a bit like an experimental laboratory, where ideas
get focussed and precise in a long process of evaluation.
Astrid Nippoldt in conversation with Ilaria Gianni, 2006
Click here to download the whole
of this interview, plus a text about Grutas, ‘An
Examination of the Absolute, or, the Mosquitoes of Mnemosyne’
by Mirjam Schaub.
Astrid Nippoldt was born in Germany in 1973 and lives and works
in Berlin. Grutas was first shown at the Fondazione
Adriano Olivetti in Rome at the end of 2006. A booklet published
on the occasion of this exhibition is available from the gallery.
The work was also shown in the exhibition ‘Made in Germany’
at the Kunstverein Hannover (May – August 2007).
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