Melanie Gilligan/Veronika Veit
LIFE IN PIECES
15.09. - 18.10.2012
Friday, September 14, 2012, 6-9pm
during OPEN ART
Sat/Sun, September 15/16, 2012
|Opening Hours:||Wed/Fri 1-6pm, Thu 1-7pm, Sat 12-4pm|
Even though rooted in reality, there is a sense of irritation about their work: Veronika Veit’s sculptures and Melanie Gilligan’s five-piece drama POPULAR UNREST (2010), which – based on an idea by Anna Schneider – are presented at Esther Donatz Gallery, show fragments of real life, but still evoke a feeling of disconcertment. The artists tell stories – LIFE IN PIECES – thereby approaching the subject of narration in different ways. Veronika Veit and Melanie Gilligan use images and motifs that are deep-seated both in our consciousness and in the media. What all of the exhibited works have in common, is their reference to American drama and crime series standing out by their ambition to be as authentic as possible.
In her video work POPULAR UNREST Melanie Gilligan (*1979 in Toronto) portrays a capital-driven society that is being controlled, evaluated and regulated by a computer system called “The Spirit”. A series of murders overshadows the world ruled by profit and economic gain only: “The Spirit is money!”
Besides David Cronenberg’s “Body Horror”, Melanie Gilligan’s apocalyptic vision of the future recalls TV productions, such as CSI, DEXTER and BONES, in terms of content and visual aesthetics. Like the four-piece mini drama CRISIS IN THE CREDIT SYSTEM (2008), that is also concerned with political and economic topics, the video work presented at Esther Donatz Gallery can be accessed at http://popularunrest.org/ on the internet. Funded by Chisenhale Gallery, London, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Banff Center, Alberta, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, Galleria Franco Soffiantino, Torino, Arts Council England, and Outset, POPULAR UNREST received the Illy Present Future Award at Artissima, Torino.
In addition to directing and editing POPULAR UNREST, Melanie Gilligan wrote the screenplay for it as well. Writing is not only a central key to her art that spans a variety of media; Melanie Gilligan has regularly published articles in art magazines, such as Texte zur Kunst, Mute Magazine, and Artforum. Her works have been shown in renowned institutions – for example, at Tate Britain, Serpentine Gallery, Hayward Gallery, London, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, or – in 2012 – at De Appel, Amsterdam, and at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki.
Veronika Veit, who received the Bavarian State Award of the Arts in 2006, has extensively exhibited her works in Germany and abroad – in 2012 at Hamburger Kunsthalle, Verein für Original-Radierung, Munich, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and Palais d’Iéna, Paris, among others. Furthermore, Kunstverein Konstanz presented a solo show of her work. Besides exhibitions in numerous art associations (Kunstvereine), Veronika Veit’s sculptures have been on display at Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, museum franz gertsch, Burgdorf, and Haus der Kunst, Munich.
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