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Zita – Щapa. Katharina Fritsch und Alexej Koschkarow. Chamber Piece

12 Jun 2016 – 2 Oct 2016

Schaulager

Basel
Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland

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The skilled dramaturgy that extends through these three rooms with just seven works generates a subtly foreboding atmosphere, and what initially looks like a domestic scenario soon reveals its true colors as a highly explosive ambience. The works of art take the parts of protagonists in this chamber piece. Fritsch’s faceless figures with immaculate surfaces meet powerful sculptures by Koschkarow that are loaded with pathos formulas and historical references. The interactions and the interplay of the protagonists raise topics such as displacement, isolation, violence, the misuse of power, and death: issues that have always preoccupied humankind but that have taken on a shocking new relevance in our own time. The names in the two-word title inspired this joint project; besides evoking historical references – Zita of Bourbon-Parma was the last Empress of Austria, the Щapa (Shchara in English) is a river in Belarus – they also have personal associations with memories and experiences for Katharina Fritsch and Alexej Koschkarow.

 

Exhibiting artists

Alexej Koschkarow

Katharina Fritsch

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