VISUAL WORLDS, GLOBAL IMAGININGS AND THE COLLECTIVE MEMORY — LEONID KELLER IN THE NEUKÖLLNER KIEZKAPELLE
The Berlin-based artist duo Leonid Keller will be showing new works in the Kiezkapelle at the St. Jacobi-Friedhof in Neukölln from Sept 14-18, 2022. The exhibit, “Kings, Queens, and Other States of Mind,” merges different media into a spatial installation in the former funeral chapel. The show revolves around re-imagined visual worlds that describe the humanist ideal and, by combining image and object, addresses societal issues and challenges that arise from a post-anthropocentric worldview. The exhibition draws on visual quotations from ancient Greece, considered the birthplace of humanism. Leonid Keller allows this imagery, anchored in our collective visual memory, to meet contemporary historical images of society, power and spirituality. Combining bronze and concrete sculptures with non-human elements from nature, Leonid Keller challenges us to see the human in relation to the non-human and to think of the two as inextricably linked. In their works, the artists use primarily documentary material from magazines, textbooks and photography books. They rearrange this material into fictitious constellations of image, text, form, color and object. As a result, they dissolve the historical and temporal bonds that bind them and new narratives emerge. Leonid Keller is concerned with the development of imagery that creates a new approach to prevailing points of view.
Nathalie Hoyos is a freelance curator. In 2010, she and Rainald Schumacher co-founded office for art in Berlin. Currently on view are the exhibitions ‘How to Deal with the World’ at Wilhelm Hallen as part of Berlin Art Week and My Body is a Battlefield – Maria Kulikovska at FC – Francisco Carolinum in Linz.
Text: Nathalie Hoyos / Credit: Kiezkapelle & Leonid Keller
Kiezkapelle in the St. Jacobi-Friedhof, Hermannstr.102, 12051 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Leonid Keller – “Kings, Queens and Other States of Mind” until 18.09.2022. Opening on 14.09.2022 from 18h.