International 2010 Archives
Olaf Nicolai, Faites le travail qu'accomplit le soleil
Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (Germany)
At the center of Olaf Nicolai's exhibition is the new installation Faites le travail qu'accomplit le soleil (2010), which concentrates the main themes of the exhibition such as formalism and its connection to social utopia as well as the relation between subjectivity and perception. The large walk-
This installation is accompanied by the photographic work Zabriskie Point (2010). It came about at night at the observation point in the Californian Death Valley National Park which has become a mythical place since its appearance in Michelangelo Antonioni's eponymous film. While the monumental landscape remains invisible, Nicolai’s images mirror the mediated nature of reality, as well as the utopian moment in Antonioni's film. The exhibition is completed by the installation Samani (Some Proposals to Answer Important Questions) (2008). The moving spotlight gives rise to the impression of a living being that is looking for something, perhaps contact to the viewer. Samani operates here like an echo of the themes of the other works, while also literally turning on the relationship, given in the title of the exhibition, between sun/light/vitality/nature and work/artificiality. What is at stake in all three parts of the exhibition is an actualization of one of Nicolai's main concerns: to set up complex relations between abstract form and content, between the perception of a surface and the social implications it evokes.
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Exhibition 11 June -
A publication with an introduction by Veit Görner and texts by Anne von der Heiden, Kathrin Meyer and Monika Szewczyk will be published in August 2010 by spector books.
Exhibition logo conceived and designed by Olaf Nicolai and HIT, 2010 © VG Bild-