Edited by Julie August, Katharina Koch
with Essays by Edna Bonhomme, Christina Irrgang, Barbara Oettl, Regine Rapp
Format: 16,5 x 21 cm
German / English
published by ART IN FLOW in February 2023
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The catalog SKIN – MEMBRANE, ORGAN, ARCHIVE accompanies the exhibition of the same name (10.2.-7.5.23), curated by Julie August and Katharina Koch at ZAK – Center for Contemporary Art / Citadel Spandau. The exhibitin and the corresponding catalog present works by international Berlin-based artists. The artists engage with the topic of skin via video, audio, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, installation, and performances. Juxtaposed with the theme is the historically patriarchal exhibition venue – the Spandau Citadel. The exhibition confronts the male-dominated site with feminist counter-narratives through the thematic complexity of skin, which makes visible the interconnectedness of sexism, racism, classism, ageism, and ableism; bears witness to individual and collective archival practices; and as a simultaneously sensual, resistant, and vulnerable organ becomes the starting point of artistic analysis.
The works are grouped according to three main topics, which are bundled under the terms MEMBRANE, ORGAN, and ARCHIVE. However, these are not to be understood as static attributes, but rather as associative thematic fields that lightly structure the exhibition, which are porous and entangled with one another. MEMBRANE: These works deal with skin as protection and a projection surface, as well as its social implications. ORGAN: Works in this section deal with skin as an organ of perception in the sense of touch, erotics, disgust, vulnerability, and stigmatization, as well as their materialities. ARCHIVE: Works that take into consideration the skin as a repository of knowledge and a space where experiences are inscribed.
In their essays, the authors Edna Bonhomme, Christina Irrgang, Barbara Oettl and Regine Rapp address the three focal points MEMBRANE, ORGAN and ARCHIVE from bio- and body-political, gender-scientific, philosophical, historical, social and decolonial approaches and perspectives.
SKIN – Membrane, Organ, Archive is a project of Frauenmuseum Berlin in cooperation with alpha nova & galerie futura. It takes place from 10.2.-7.5.2023 at ZAK – Center for Contemporary Art / Citadel Spandau.
The exhibition and catalog were made possible by funds from Hauptstatdkulturfonds and the Lotto Foundation, Berlin. With the kind support of the district development funds of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.