documenta 14: Glass Pavilions on Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse

Artists: Joar Nango, Otobong Nkanga, Dan Peterman, Angelo Plessas, Georgia Sagri, Mounira Al Solh, ​Vivian Suter

Exhibition title: documenta 14: Learning from Athens

Artistic Director: Adam Szymczyk

Curated by: Adam Szymczyk, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Hendrik Folkerts, Candice Hopkins, Hila Peleg, Dieter Roelstraete, Monika Szewczyk

Venue: documenta 14, Glass Pavilions on Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse, Kassel, Germany

Date: June 10 – September 17, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and documenta 14, all photos by Art Viewer

One of the main traffic corridors in Kassel, Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse also designates a border. Geographically, it traces the line between Mitte at the center and Nordstadt in the north of the city; as such, it indicates a sociopolitical boundary as well. Whereas Mitte is the comparatively homogenous commercial and cultural hub of the city, Nordstadt is where Kassel becomes home to Turkish, Ethiopian, Bulgarian, and other migrant communities based there since the 1960s and ’70s, as well as those who more recently arrived from Syria and the Middle East. Punctuating Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse are the so-called Glass Pavilions of the Hansa-Haus, once home to commercial outlets and now abandoned. Constituting the memory of an economy powered by local shop owners, the six pavilions—plus one additional site used by documenta 14—remind us of what Kassel once was and wanted to be, while exuding an air of waiting for an elusive future. A number of the artistic projects housed in these spaces engage with the architecture’s transparency in this transitional zone; the works are sometimes unapproachable, accessible only by sight. The pavilions also serve as spaces of distribution: a warehouse for goods to be sold or disseminated in the city, an active bakery, a social gathering space, and a depository for raw materials that connect to other resources in the exhibition.

Otobong Nkanga, Carved to Flow, 2017, Performance and installation

Otobong Nkanga, Carved to Flow, 2017, Performance and installation

Otobong Nkanga, Carved to Flow, 2017, Performance and installation

Angelo Plessas, Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, 2017, Multimedia installation, duration variable

Angelo Plessas, Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, 2017, Multimedia installation, duration variable

Angelo Plessas, Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, 2017, Multimedia installation, duration variable

Angelo Plessas, Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, 2017, Multimedia installation, duration variable

Angelo Plessas, Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, 2017, Multimedia installation, duration variable

Angelo Plessas, Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, 2017, Multimedia installation, duration variable

Angelo Plessas, Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, 2017, Multimedia installation, duration variable

Angelo Plessas, Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, 2017, Multimedia installation, duration variable

Angelo Plessas, Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, 2017, Multimedia installation, duration variable

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017, Neon, metal, wood, fur, sound installation, and performance

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed), 2016-2017, Oil, pigment, and fish glue on canvas and paper, and volcanics, earth, botanical matter, microorganisms, and wood

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed), 2016-2017, Oil, pigment, and fish glue on canvas and paper, and volcanics, earth, botanical matter, microorganisms, and wood

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed), 2016-2017, Oil, pigment, and fish glue on canvas and paper, and volcanics, earth, botanical matter, microorganisms, and wood

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed), 2016-2017, Oil, pigment, and fish glue on canvas and paper, and volcanics, earth, botanical matter, microorganisms, and wood

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed), 2016-2017, Oil, pigment, and fish glue on canvas and paper, and volcanics, earth, botanical matter, microorganisms, and wood

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed), 2016-2017, Oil, pigment, and fish glue on canvas and paper, and volcanics, earth, botanical matter, microorganisms, and wood

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed), 2016-2017, Oil, pigment, and fish glue on canvas and paper, and volcanics, earth, botanical matter, microorganisms, and wood

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed), 2016-2017, Oil, pigment, and fish glue on canvas and paper, and volcanics, earth, botanical matter, microorganisms, and wood

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed), 2016-2017, Oil, pigment, and fish glue on canvas and paper, and volcanics, earth, botanical matter, microorganisms, and wood

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed), 2016-2017, Oil, pigment, and fish glue on canvas and paper, and volcanics, earth, botanical matter, microorganisms, and wood

Georgia Sagri, Dynamis, 2017, Twenty-eight sculptures and ten breathing scores in Athens and Kassel, aluminum, luminescent paint, glass, and other materials, simultaneous performances in Athens and Kassel

Georgia Sagri, Dynamis, 2017, Twenty-eight sculptures and ten breathing scores in Athens and Kassel, aluminum, luminescent paint, glass, and other materials, simultaneous performances in Athens and Kassel

Georgia Sagri, Dynamis, 2017, Twenty-eight sculptures and ten breathing scores in Athens and Kassel, aluminum, luminescent paint, glass, and other materials, simultaneous performances in Athens and Kassel

Georgia Sagri, Dynamis, 2017, Twenty-eight sculptures and ten breathing scores in Athens and Kassel, aluminum, luminescent paint, glass, and other materials, simultaneous performances in Athens and Kassel

Georgia Sagri, Dynamis, 2017, Twenty-eight sculptures and ten breathing scores in Athens and Kassel, aluminum, luminescent paint, glass, and other materials, simultaneous performances in Athens and Kassel

Georgia Sagri, Dynamis, 2017, Twenty-eight sculptures and ten breathing scores in Athens and Kassel, aluminum, luminescent paint, glass, and other materials, simultaneous performances in Athens and Kassel

Georgia Sagri, Dynamis, 2017, Twenty-eight sculptures and ten breathing scores in Athens and Kassel, aluminum, luminescent paint, glass, and other materials, simultaneous performances in Athens and Kassel

Georgia Sagri, Dynamis, 2017, Twenty-eight sculptures and ten breathing scores in Athens and Kassel, aluminum, luminescent paint, glass, and other materials, simultaneous performances in Athens and Kassel

Georgia Sagri, Dynamis, 2017, Twenty-eight sculptures and ten breathing scores in Athens and Kassel, aluminum, luminescent paint, glass, and other materials, simultaneous performances in Athens and Kassel

Dan Peterman, Kassel Ingot Project (Iron), 2017, Iron ingots. Installation includes: Henschel handcart (1945-1946), wood and metal

Dan Peterman, Kassel Ingot Project (Iron), 2017, Iron ingots. Installation includes: Henschel handcart (1945-1946), wood and metal

Dan Peterman, Kassel Ingot Project (Iron), 2017, Iron ingots. Installation includes: Henschel handcart (1945-1946), wood and metal

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