26.8.20, 15:00 - 21:00, Solo Exhibition

Alex McNamee - On the cusp of warping

One could say that Alex McNamee's (Great Britain, Canada*1990) preferred material is landscapes. She quotes them, reinvents them or merges them with another. In her work, hills pile up in odd shapes. Puddles flicker on screens or emerge as real water surfaces in unexpected places. Stones and boulders indicate functionality but ultimately refuse to be assigned. The human interpretation of matter is a central concern of the artist. Which properties do objects require to in order to not be considered as neutral anymore?

For the garden of the Kunstverein, McNamee creates a site-specific installation that explicitly includes time as a tool to shape material. In this work too the relationship we want to develop with the landscape and with matter is central. How do we evaluate ourselves within a landscape that is constantly changing? These changes often take place through our own targeted intervention - yet always under the conditions of the material itself. Unlike a typical exhibition, the installation of the artist will not have a limited duration, which ends with the dismantling and removal of the works. McNamee’s work, created for the garden of the Kunstverein, remains on site after completion and reshaping over time due to weather, growth and our (nursing) interventions. The installation will continue making, rusting, crumbling, growing, producing, pushing pulling and warping. The project will be realized by the artist from July 21st until the end of August and will open on Wednesday August 26th. You are cordially invited to visit the Kunstverein during the work process and the festive opening.

26.8.20 – 29.11.20, Solo Exhibition

Patricia Esquivias - Cardón cardinal

Patricia Esquivias (Venezuela, 1979) builds her work from memories, anecdotes and conversations. In her video works, she narrates by herself while presenting documents, photos and objects in front of a steadily installed camera, avoiding any post-processing. In the spirit of storytelling, these are oral summaries that the artist has researched extensively and translated into conceptual maps and image archives. In addition, Patricia Esquivias creates objects in which she incorporates significant images, symbols and fragments from the cosmos of her stories, to then embed them in a spatial context with her video works.

A historical narrative is only as convincing and credible as its author. Esquivias' work is like looking into the thoughts of an artist whose works examine historical theories that have been filtered through an idiosyncratic, hilarious, and highly subjective belief system. This creates a new and fascinating form of fact-based, self-critical fiction. An important part of the work of the artist, who was born in Venezuela and now lives and works in Madrid and Guadalajara, is the relationship between the old and the new world with indirect commentaries on colonial history.

In her work, micro-stories mix in an apparently random way with big narratives and reveal the impossibility of telling stories in a linear, simple and objective manner. For the exhibition at Kunstverein Langenhagen she developed a new work in which Mexican cacti play a leading role. “Cardón cardinal” is the story of the giant cactus that was unearthed in the Mexican desert on the occasion of the Expo92 World Exhibition and flown to Seville by plane - which is still standing there today, but is slowly but surely drying up. Without presenting her own interpretation, Patricia Esquivias tells this story, which on the one hand refers to colonial practices, but on the other hand also illustrates how, after a (larger or small) representative spectacle has subsided, responsibilities can be blurred, buried or pushed aside...

2.9.20, 19:00, Talk

Reading club: Heimat - Toni Morrison, "Heimkehr"

From November 2020, Kunstverein Langenhagen will be temporarily transformed into a ‘heimatmuseum’. This exhibition project presents the problems and possibilities, the nostalgia, the pain and the longing that surround the ‘heimat’ concept. In preparation for this exhibition, in 2020 the bi-monthly reading club is all about 'heimat’.

Text September: Toni Morrison, "Heimkehr", 2014. https://www.rowohlt.de/hardcover/toni-morrison-heimkehr.html/ 10 Euro

10.9.20, 18:00, Education

Guided tour for people with life experience

by Martin Giesecke

A guided tour through the exhibition accessible for everyone, in which a dialogue takes place about topics in the exhibition that are connected with one’s own life experiences.

15.9.20, 18:00, Education

Guided tour for people with life experience

by Martin Giesecke

A guided tour through the exhibition accessible for everyone, in which a dialogue takes place about topics in the exhibition that are connected with one’s own life experiences.

29.9.20, Talk

Pre-negotiations #1: Helmut Draxler

This is the first edition of a series of Talks to question prevalent habits of art education

14.10.20, 19:00, Talk

Nearby Professions #14: Historian

As part of this series of talks, in which experts from related subject areas are invited to speak about their work, this time a historian will be our guest at the Kunstverein.

1.11.20, 15:30 - 17:00, Event

curator’s tour through the exhibitions

A guided tour by curator Noor Mertens.