Inhuman at Fridericianum

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Artists: Julieta Aranda, Dora Budor, Andrea Crespo, Nicolas Deshayes, Aleksandra Domanović, David Douard, Jana Euler, Cécile B. Evans, Melanie Gilligan, Oliver Laric, Johannes Paul Raether, Pamela Rosenkranz, Stewart Uoo, Lu Yang, Anicka Yi

Exhibition title: Inhuman

Curated by: Susanne Pfeffer

Venue: Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

Date:  March 29 – June 14, 2015

Photography: ©Achim Hatzius, images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Fridericianum

“From the perspective of the present, the future of humanity might be monstrous… but this is not necessarily a bad thing.”
– Julieta Aranda

The image of the human being has changed significantly in recent decades. Technological innovations, socioeconomic transformations, and new insights gained in neurology compel us to rethink the constructs that define what is human and enable us to conceive them anew in the form of the inhuman.

The artists participating in the exhibition “Inhuman” offer visions of the human being as a socially trained yet resistant body, transcending biologically or socially determined gender classifications, as a digitally immortal entity, or as a constantly evolving self. They visualize the constructs that define what is human and shift existing perspectives on human subjectivity and the body, thereby questioning the primacy of the human being at a fundamental level.

Curated by Susanne Pfeffer

The exhibition “Inhuman” is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Responsible for the Fridericianum is the documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH.

Aranda Julieta 01 -® Achim Hatzius 088

Julieta Aranda, Stealing one’s own corpse (An alternative set of footholds for an ascent into the dark), 2014

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Budor Dora, The Architect, Mind Falls Apart, 2014

Crespo Andrea 01

Crespo Andrea, sis : parabiosis. neurolibidinal induction complex, 2015 (still)

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Nicolas Deshayes, above: Vein Section (or a cave painting), 2015 (detail) / below: Cramps, 2015

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Aleksandra Domanović, HeLa on Zhora’s coat, 2015

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Aleksandra Domanović, HeLa on Zhora’s coat, 2015

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David Douard, We’ve Ne’er Gotten, 2015 / UP BEAT UP’’ rendition, 2014

Euler Jana 01 -® Nils Klinger

Jana Euler, under this perspective, 1, 2015. © Photo: Nils Klinger

Evans Cecile B. 01

Cécile B. Evans, Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen, 2014 (still)

Gilligan Melanie 01

Melanie Gilligan, The Common Sense, 2014–15 (still)

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Oliver Laric, The Hunter and His Dog, 2014

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Oliver Laric, The Hunter and His Dog, 2014 (detail)

Raether Johannes Paul 01 -® Achim Hatzius 084

Johannes Paul Raether, Cave of Reproductive Futures, 2015

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Pamela Rosenkranz, Living Colors, 2012

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Stewart Uoo, Security Window Grill VII, 2014 (detail)

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Yang Lu 01

Lu Yang, UterusMan, 2013 (still)

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Anicka Yi, Le Pain Symbiotique, 2014