Everyone in Berlin, Germany, is kindly invited to join the opening reception of the group exhibition FREMDUNGEN at the GALERIE WEISSER ELEFANT on the 20th of October at 7pm. This group exhibition will present Nils Clauss’ award-winning series URBAN NATURE alongside the work of Wolfram Hahn, Andy Rumball, Kai von Rabenau, Rainer Sioda and Hannes Woidich. The exhibition will run until the 17th of November and can be visited Tuesday to Saturday from 1-7pm (Auguststrasse 21, 10117 Berlin).
The title of the exhibition, the derivative ‘Fremdung’, refers to several different forms of perception of the other, the unknown, the distant. In German language it can be linked with expressions of contemporary socio-°©‐cultural discourses – alienation, disassociation, infiltration, estrangement, being disconcerting or outlandish – that can influence our life and culture and implicitly shape the notion of what we call home.
We become aware of our own identity by the incursion of something alien, which it threatens to discompose. The outside, the unknown is being demarcated in order to assert the concept of our existence. But what do we actually know about the construction of what we call home? Don’t we need the other to comprehend our own existence? And don’t we find a lot of our own ideology in the definition of the unfamiliar?
The exhibition Fremdungen, prepared and compiled by Daniel Klemm (UNCOMMON PLACE, Berlin), in its range of works mirrors the different strategies how to deal with the unknown, the seemingly strange and that what we cannot or do not want to understand. The artists show us their interpretation of what amounts to be the alien and the home: their own originally created ‘Fremdungen’.