131008: Kunstverein Ludwigshafen: (no) Fear

Kunstverein Ludwigshafen: (no) Fear Not really comprehensible Fear is everywhere these days. The list of current worldwide fears and threats is long and includes climate change, terrorism, unemployment, economic loss, financial crisis, and hunger. Anxiety is a phenomenon that everybody has experienced and could actually identify him or herself with, if it wouldn’t also lead to envy, greed, and resentment, and taking advantage of the situation. A group exhibit at the Kunstverein Ludwigshafen is currently focused on the phenomenon of fear. Internationally renowned artists present their view of the different facets of anxiety with the help of all kinds of media and sub topics – ranging from global catastrophes to the dread of illness and death. This exhibit reflects how people merge real and existing fears with the images shown in the media, respectively how individually experienced angst can be created through globally broadcast media images, thereby transforming fear to a collective sentiment. Christoph Draeger created puzzles, which - when put together - show photos published in newspapers and magazines depicting the catastrophes induced by hurricanes. Thomas Ruff’s large format photo “ipeg ny15” gives a birds eye view of the smoke clouds created by the deadly attack against the World Trade Centre on 9/11. The blue colour of the sea in the background together with the ascending cloud convey a kind of anaesthetic effect, which benefits from the strong pixel resolution of the image. Adam Thompson’s heavily damaged globe, whose inner hollow was fitted with a deep-black pigment, symbolizes the downfall of the world. Unfortunately the selection of works shown is much too broad, and the exhibition space is not adequately suitable. The Kunstverein does not offer enough space for intimacy and the possibility to retreat and deal with the visions of fear one is confronted with. Kunstverein Ludwigshafen 67059 Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen, until 02. 11. 2008 www.kunstverein-ludwigshafen.de

Kunstverein Ludwigshafen
67059 Ludwigshafen, Bismarckstraße 44-48
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