DOUBLE THE IMPACT: JULIA STOSCHEK FOUNDATION OPENS WITH “UNBOUND: PERFORMANCE AS RUPTURE” AND “DOUBLE FEATURE: YOUNG-JUN TAK
Art Autumn is about to begin – and it’s going to be a whirlwind! The best place to start is the Julia Stoschek Foundation, where two new exhibitions await you. “Unbound: Performance as Rupture” explores how, over time, artists have connected the body to the lens, questioned ideologies of oppression, ruptured historical narratives, and shattered notions of identity. In contrast to the traditional notion of performance as an ephemeral art form, “Unbound” focuses on using the camera as a central element of artistic expression. Artists such as Eleanor Antin, Peter Campus, Akeem Smith, and P.Staff explore the interface between presence and virtuality. However, this is only the prelude to a multifaceted video art program that the Julia Stoschek Foundation is currently offering visitors. The exhibition “Double Feature” with Young-jun Tak is part of a new series of solo presentations of young artists, which will be shown in Berlin and Düsseldorf.
“Wish You a Lovely Sunday” (2021) and “Where to?” (2022) are two recent works by Young-jun Tak created in Berlin that explore questions of community and queerness. “Wish You a Lovely Sunday” contrasts the church at Südstern with the queer club SchwuZ. In “Where to?” the camera focuses on the rearview mirrors of cars driving on the highways around Berlin. The objects in the mirrors and the scenes in the back seats tell a story about the German Autobahn as an ideological project but also as a site for projections of identity and desire. Kraftwerk’s legendary track “Autobahn” provides a fitting soundtrack. And in case you want to take a closer look at one or the other work, You don’t have to go at Autobahn speed, and you are free to take it slow because your ticket is valid for the entire duration of the exhibitions! So you can return as often as you like and look at all the work at your leisure.
Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Howardina Pindell, Pipilotti Rist & Robert Haumacher
Julia Stoschek Foundation, Leipziger Str.60, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Unbound: Performance as Rupture 14.09.2023–28.07.2024 & opening 13.09.2023 18–22h
Double Feature: Young-Jun Tak 14.09.2023–17.12.2023
Tickets for the exhibition are 5€ (free for young people and students).