Artist: Nina Könneman
Venue: House of Gaga, Mexico City
Exhibition Title: Was darf man in einer Demokratie?
Date: November 8th, 2012 – January 19th, 2013
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Gaga, Mexico City
In her first solo exhibition in the gallery Nina Könnemann presents a video about smokers, a video for smokers and a spittoon.
Bann (7min30, HD, 2012) was filmed in London´s financial district where the spaces in which smoking is possible is increasingly restricted. The video presents a catalogue of inlets and corners where this activity is still practiced. Stains and residues, a hand or the tip of a shoe behind a wall indicate those niches.
The poster accompanying the video transports the image of smoking into a bluish fantasy world. From November 6th to November 19th the posters can be seen on commercial billboards around the gallery.
Stroom (3 min loop, HD, 2012) is a video to be shown in a designated smoking room. It was installed a month ago for the first time at Sals Café in Antwerp, Belgium. In front of the smoking room´s six standing places, the video functioned as an artificial window, an otherwise missing place upon which to rest one’s gaze. At Gaga, the video will be installed in a booth whose dimensions resemble those of the smoking chamber.
The spittoons standing next to the entrance to the gallery and the restroom door are a collaboration between the artist and Jay Chung.
Special thanks to Rodrigo Peñafiel