Jennifer Oellerich and Prajakta Potnis.
Curated by Tina Sauerländer.
Within its Cycle II, focused on relationships, networks and connections, insitu welcomes curator Tina Sauerländer to take over its 4th Framework. Aiming to analyze different forms of relationships, ways of communication and possibilities to form connections insitu is glad to welcome an exhibition that focuses on an unusual bond: for a certain period in their careers the artists Jennifer Oellerich and Prajakta Potnis developed almost the same works without knowing about each other – one living in Berlin and the other based in Mumbai, India.
The exhibition »Across the lines« brings together works dealing with the variable, unfixed or ephemeral states of parting lines. Since 2011 both artists have been exchanging emails and met for the first time some months ago in Berlin. The exhibition explores the development of similarities and differences in the works of the two artists who both worked with walls and watermarks at the same time in different parts of the world.
Walls surround or separate space. They divide apartments, cities and countries. Walls can be hermetic boundaries, but they could also be porous, permeable or even invisible. And they change over time. Walls could be zones or membranes of transient passage telling us about our environment and our history. Interaction between both sides make boundaries blur and shift, just like a horizon line in a far away misty landscape. The horizon line marks the border between earth and sky. It symbolizes utopian dreams and human desire to overcome boundaries of perception and knowledge. The horizon line marks the difference between the abstract and a concrete spatial perspective. It is conceived as an ever-changing border depending on the perspective of the viewer.
In her site-specific works Indian artist Prajakta Potnis transforms walls by modifying their solid character with cracks, holes or organic structures. She refers to history of a space and questions everyday life of individuals and its subjection to authority-made decisions. Currently living in Berlin, Prajakta Potnis experiences the history of the city. The former physical division she confronts with her own countries’ history. India’s east-west distance of almost 3000 km implicates a two-hour difference between sunrise and sunset between the regions, which leads to constant discussions about splitting the country again into different time zones. In her work »A photographic documentation of the sky from Mumbai and from Kolkata on 9.9.2012 from 5:27 am to 6:48 pm« (2012) Prajakta Potnis photographed – with the help of a friend from the opposed part of her country – the sky of the west and east Indian coast at the same time.
Jennifer Oellerich transferred water stains from its wall of origin to the gallery’s white cube in 2012. With this site-specific work she referred to the appearance of water stains within different spatial contexts and to their meaning as an indicator of instability and porosity of walls. Working with concepts of water and rain, Jennifer Oellerich addresses the different meanings of horizontal lines in her recent works. She questions classical definitions of artistic techniques and its relations to each other, confronting them with the viewer’s perception. Her mixed media installation »Memories of Italy« (2014) deals with human perception of cutting lines as a distinction between earth and sky and as a variable border created by the water due to its physical behaviour determined by its surroundings.
In cooperation with peer to space.