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Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani - The Active Guest

31 January 2019 - 31 March 2019


Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Freedom of Movement, 3 channel video installation, HD, 9:45 min, 2017, production still © the artists and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018

The solo exhibition of the Berlin-based artist duo Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani gathers works from the last fifteen years of their career. The artists have been collaborating on their interventional and situationist art practice since 1993, and their investigations revolve around moving images as both impartial documents and involved narrations of our changing societies.

The main protagonists of their projects are often urban spaces and significant buildings that bear the burden of collective memory, upon which the forces of historical transition and turmoil have been engraved. The artists’ poetic-filmic and performative investigations of these sites tackle the idea of revisiting marginalized histories through their artistic reanimation of such places.

Be it an artificial island in Japan left abandoned after the depletion of its undersea coal resources, a fascist building erected by Benito Mussolini in Rome, or the Palace of the Republic of the former GDR in East Berlin, the artists’ revisitation of iconic sites opens up a potential space for contemplating history as imaginations of power, a commentary on failed utopias, or speculations about potential future scenarios.

In our current times, characterized by the lack of hospitality the title of the exhibition suggests a possible role of the artists as “active guests” enacting a notion of universal solidarity wherever they find themselves as residents. Fischer & el Sani have had the opportunity of living and work- ing in various cultural environments. Their emotional and professional ties and relations within these communities have enabled them to delve into critical understandings of these contexts. Through detecting familiar failures and default mechanisms as active guests in these places, the artists become tender but critical narrators of our changing times, which they represent in large-scale video installations and photographic series.

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