Artist: Camillo Grewe
Exhibition title: afterlife
Curated by: Astrid Bardenheuer
Venue: artothek, Cologne, Germany
Date: October 29 – December 19, 2020
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and artothek, Cologne
In the Artothek Köln Camillo Grewe presents ‘afterlife’, a narrative installation that plays with the stage-like architecture of the space. Figures display themselves as the protagonists within a Mis-en-Scène with moments of animistic detail, while raising considerations about the relationships between sculpture and pedestal, picture and frame, figures in space. Everyday materials such as papier-mâché, crocheted nets and clothes hangers seem to be frozen or exhausted in the moment of becoming. Large fabric figures are caught in their various states of existential resistance and disregard for their prescribed roles; Roles perhaps dreamed up by another character in the scene, taking the form of a looming self-portrait.
Camillo Grewe, born in 1988, studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Akademie der Bildenen Künster Wien. Recent solo and group exhibitions include ‘Loss of Memory at 8am’, DaindieFront, Düsseldorf (2019), ‘Pimparella and Blyss’ (with Alison Yip), David’s Song, Cologne (2019), ‘This Artist grübelt so much’ , Lothringer13-Florida, Munich (2017), ‘Ohne dich’, Bruch&Dallas, Cologne (2017) and ‘In Case of Doubt’, Pina, Vienna (2017).
He composed the live music for the experimental opera ‘Cupid and the Animals’ by Agnes Scherer that was staged at Tramps, London (2017), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2017) and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York (2018).