li) Simon Faithfull: 0º00 Navigation Part1 - A Journey Across England, 2009, Film still Courtesy the artist and Galerie Polaris, Paris; (re) Gordon Matta-Clark: Splitting, 1974, Courtesy of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark & Galerie Thomas Schulte
In Between Spaces, 15 artists examine questions and contradictions found in urban life. The exhibition places work by Gordon Matta-Clark and perspectives on East Berlin into a dialogue with current artistic positions.
The exhibition shows current artistic positions that question, deconstruct and break down the conditions of spatial demarcation and production. Material and virtual structures are superposed; Fragments become installations, voids become sculptures. Contemporary works are set against films and photographs by Matta-Clark, works that emerged from an era of upheaval. Drawn from the Kunstarchiv Beeskow, the exhibition showcases six GDR artists who dealt with the urban landscape of East Berlin. Using pictures, sketches and photographs, they address urban space beyond any form of political instrumentalisation, and capture the specific atmosphere of the divided city. The continuing relevance of their work is also highlighted in the dialogue with the positions of contemporary artists from Berlin. With its second exhibition, the ZKR opens a domain in which the interplay between historical positions and contemporary perspectives leads to an evaluation of public space, something currently more contested than ever.