Hicham Berrada: "Sorted Soil, Nickel"
Ausstellungsansicht  / Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein
Hicham Berrada Rückbindung an Welt
Hicham Berrada Rückbindung an Welt
Hicham Berrada Augeres mathématiques 2018
Hicham Berrada Ausstellungsansicht
Hicham Berrada Rückbindung an Welt
Hicham Berrada Masse et Matyr
Hicham Berrada Ausstellungsansicht
Hicham Berrada Rückbindung an Welt
Lucy Dodd Rückbindung an Welt
Ausstellungsansicht  / Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein
Lucy Dodd Rückbindung an Welt
Rückbindung an Welt
Lucy Dodd Mother
Lucy Dodd Ausstellungsplakat
Lucy Dodd Rückbindung an Welt
Lucy Dodd Rückbindung an Welt
Lucy Dodd Rückbindung an Welt
Lucy Dodd Rückbindung an Welt
Ausstellungansicht / Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein
Ausstellungsansicht  / Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein
Ausstellungsansicht  / Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein
Ausstellungsansicht  / Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein
Sam Falls Untitled (Venice Rain, Rope, 3)
Sam Falls Rückbindung an Welt
Sam Falls Rückbindung an Welt
Sam Falls Rückbindung an Welt
Sam Falls Rückbindung an Welt
Sam Falls Untitled (Queen 2, Hartland, VT)
Sam Falls Rückbindung an Welt
Hicham Berrada, "Sorted soil, Nickel", 2015; © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Courtesy the artist and WENTRUP, Berlin
Hicham Berrada, „Mesk-ellil“, 2015, Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Courtesy the artist, Loan by Collection Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon
Hicham Berrada, “Mesk-ellil”, 2015, Installationview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018, Courtesy the artist, Loan by Collection Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon
Hicham Berrada, Installationview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Courtesy the artist, WENTRUP, Berlin & kamel mennour Paris/New York
Hicham Berrada, “Augeres mathématiques”, 2018, Video Still, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Courtesy the artist, WENTRUP, Berlin & kamel mennour, Paris/London
Hicham Berrada, Installationview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Courtesy the artist, WENTRUP, Berlin & kamel mennour, Paris/London
Hicham Berrada, “Masse et Martyr”, 2017, Installationview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Courtesy the artist, WENTRUP, Berlin & kamel mennour Paris/New York
Hicham Berrada, “Masse et Martyr”, 2017; © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Courtesy the artist, WENTRUP, Berlin & kamel mennour, Paris/London
Hicham Berrada, Installationview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Courtesy the artist, WENTRUP, Berlin & kamel mennour, Paris/London
Hicham Berrada, “Présage”, 2007 ongoing; Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Courtesy the artist, WENTRUP, Berlin & kamel mennour Paris/New York
Lucy Dodd, “Hermit”, 2018, Ausstellungsansicht im Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the Artist, Sprüth Magers and David Lewis Gallery, New York
Lucy Dodd, Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the artist, Sprüth Magers and David Lewis Gallery, New York
Lucy Dodd, Installationview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the Artist, Sprüth Magers and David Lewis Gallery, New York
Lucy Dodd, „The Son“, 2018; Photo: Timo Ohler, © Lucy Dodd, Courtesy Courtesy of the Artist, Sprüth Magers and David Lewis Gallery, New York
Lucy Dodd, “Mother”, 2018; © Lucy Dodd, Courtesy of the artist, Sprüth Magers and David Lewis Gallery, New York
Lucy Dodd, “Exhibition poster”, 2018; © the artist, Courtesy of the artist, Sprüth Magers and David Lewis Gallery, New York
Lucy Dodd, Installationview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the Artist, Sprüth Magers and David Lewis Gallery, New York
Lucy Dodd, Installatinview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the Artist, Sprüth Magers and David Lewis Gallery, New York
Lucy Dodd, Instalationview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the Artist, Sprüth Magers and David Lewis Gallery, New York
Lucy Dodd, „Fox“, 2017/2018; Photo: Timo Ohler, © Lucy Dodd, Courtesy Courtesy of the Artist, Sprüth Magers and David Lewis Gallery, New York
Sam Falls, Untitled (Highland Park, CA, Red1), 2011, Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York
Sam Falls, Untitled (Vivaldi's Four Seasons for the four seasons), 2015, Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy Galleria Franco Noero, Turin
Sam Falls, Untitled (Pallet 10, Pomona), 2013, Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York
Sam Falls, Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York
Sam Falls, “Untitled (Venice Rain, Rope, 3)”, 2013; © the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York
Sam Falls, Installationview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York
Sam Falls, “Eclipse”, 2018; Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York
Sam Falls, “Night Light”, 2018; Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York
Sam Falls, Installationview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York
Sam Falls, “Untitled (Queen 2, Hartland, VT)”, 2013; © the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York
Sam Falls, Installationview Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2018, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, © Frankfurter Kunstverein, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich and New York

Reconnecting with the World: About the Poetic in Elements and Materials

Opening: Tuesday, October 30 2018, at 7.30 pm

Curator: Franziska Nori

"A purely intellectual world view without mysticism is an absurdity." (Erwin Schrödinger)

From the 31st October 2018 to the 13th January 2019, the Frankfurter Kunstverein presents the exhibition "Reconnecting with the World" featuring works by Hicham Berrada (*1986, Casablanca, Morocco, lives and works in Paris, France), Lucy Dodd (*1981, New York, USA, lives and works in Kensington, USA) and Sam Falls (*1984, San Diego, USA, lives and works in Los Angeles, USA). The exhibition will be the first comprehensive presentation of works of the three international artists in a German institution.

The artists participating in the exhibition „Reconnecting with the World“, Hicham Berrada, Lucy Dodd and Sam Falls, seek out our basic existential parameters and thus try to demonstrate our connectedness with a superordinate whole, showing new ways of reconnecting with the world. They create their works embedded within a historical trajectory in which humans have progressively disconnected from the conditions set by time and space through digital means.

The different artistic approaches of Hicham Berrada, Lucy Dodd and Sam Falls meet common ground in their aim to understand the world by using the materials we find in our environment and mapping the relationships that connect them. The works of these artists unfold from a resonance with the materials that are part of our lives. They use natural phenomena, activate temporal processes, and work with organic substances. The works develop by tracing the transformation processes that the respective materials undergo. Starting from an in-depth exploration of the materials’ behaviors, their works use art’s capacity to cast humans into the structure of the world and sketch out a new kind of connectivity to the processes unfolding within it. The artistic works by Hicham Berrada, Lucy Dodd and Sam Falls are located at the intersection of aesthetic expression, applied sciences, and practical philosophy. In their poetic investigation of nature, they seek out forms capable of representing how everything came to be the way it is.

For at least a few centuries, art has been the place to produce relationships between the experience of human existence and our desire for a relationship to our environments. The tools of art are still the best we have to make the structure of existence intelligible. It has a unique ability to combine discourse, myth, and poetry, enabling a multilayered perspective on life, the earth, and what we know about them. In an age when seemingly endless knowledge about the earth is available as data, numbers, and accumulations of facts, a deeper understanding of the coherence of life seems to have been lost. Given the contemporary insights of the natural sciences, it has become more necessary than ever before to combine its complex knowledge with new narratives in order to create a sense-giving conception of humanity in dealing with the world.
At the same time, in many areas of society as well as the urgent ecological question, there is a manifest lack of a bigger picture in which humans understand themselves as part of and embedded within a larger whole. Capitalism’s concomitant logic of endless profit aims at constant control and accumulation. It sees the environment as a resource which humans preside over and use. Aware of the repercussions of this kind of thinking, a newer generation has begun searching for ways to produce a new sense of meaningfulness and inquire into our connection to the world.
Many groundbreaking contemporary philosophers and scientists have pleaded for the necessity of redefining humans as a considerate and respectful part of a larger context, the life and possibilities of which are influenced by limitlessly far-reaching processes. The idea of the world in which humans are a solitary center of power should be replaced by concepts that emphasize the contextual aspects of our actions and consider the will and life force of all of earth’s inhabitants, regardless of whichever organizational form they may take. This is hardly fed by a longing for idealistic transfiguration, but by insights from the natural sciences, which sees our sudden environmental plight as the consequence of a constant recklessness which continues into the present.

Hicham Berrada, Lucy Dodd, and Sam Falls represent three different approaches to reading humans in a reciprocal exchange with their environment. They critically examine the spheres of the cultural and the natural, which until now have often been thought to be independent, and show the ways in which our lives are embedded in larger processes. This generation of artists feels a need to be meaningfully embedded in the world and works against the backdrop of the contemporary discussion about redefining human action in relationship to nature. What has traditionally been defined as nature has been fundamentally transformed by human intervention. If one considers how far-reaching humanity’s influence has been on all areas of the planet, the earth’s surface, the atmosphere, and the biosphere, it becomes difficult to speak of “untouched” nature.

The effects of human activity and their social, technological, and economic accomplishments have acquired such enormous dimensions that they must from now on be taken into consideration by the natural sciences. The idea of nature only as a resource to be exploited, which has been disseminated since the enlightenment, leads to a culture in which technological progress has become the supreme solution. The incessant development of environmental maladies like heatwaves, species extinction, and environmental pollution, which have been caused by this principle of economic environmental exploitation, seem to demonstrate the limits of this system. Philosophers, scientists from various fields, intellectuals, and artists are all pointing to the urgency of a radical cultural transformation.

How can such a radical cultural transformation be realized? How can the arts contribute to this change through its unique potential to exceed mere factual knowledge and make sense of the broader framework of our existence through a poetic language, novel perspectives and fresh point of views? Which possibilities are available in order to recognize the scope of human knowledge? Can a poetic and visually rich vocabulary create an emotional access point to the knowledge that the sciences only deal with in abstract terminology?

The artists participating in the exhibition "Reconnecting with the World", Hicham Berrada, Lucy Dodd and Sam Falls, seek out our basic existential parameters and thus try to demonstrate our connectedness with an all-embracing whole, showing new ways of reconnecting with nature and the world. They create their works embedded within a historical moment of a progressing disconnection from physicality and the conditions set by time and space, perpetuated by the use of digital devices.

The different artistic approaches of Hicham Berrada, Lucy Dodd and Sam Falls meet common ground in their aim to understand the world by using the materials we find in our environment and mapping the relationships that connect them. The works of these artists unfold from a resonance with the materials that are part of our lives. They use natural phenomena, activate temporal processes, and work with organic substances. The works develop by tracing the transformation processes that the respective materials undergo. Starting from an in-depth exploration of the materials’ behaviors, their works use art’s capacity to cast humans into the structure of the world and sketch out a new kind of connectivity to the processes unfolding within it. The artistic works by Hicham Berrada, Lucy Dodd and Sam Falls are located at the intersection of aesthetic expression, applied sciences, and practical philosophy. In their poetic investigation of nature, they seek out forms capable of representing how everything came to be the way it is.

(Text: Franziska Nori, Dennis Brzek)

Hicham Berrada

Lucy Dodd

Sam Falls

Frankfurter Kunstverein
Steinernes Haus am Römerberg
Markt 44
D-60311 Frankfurt am Main
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Thu: 11 m – 9 pm
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