25.11.2016 JOANNA KISCHKA_274,45 Km Approximation

“Many people nowadays live in a series of interiors…disconnected
from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while
walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world
rather than in interiors built up against it.”

Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

In August 2016 Joanna Kischka walked almost the entire public space of Vaasa, Finland. In this performative act she exposed herself to this foreign space on daily new routes. She tried to approach the place by grasping, occuping it. She drew routes through the place and the place left signs in her. Images, which represent a excerptive approach to the foreign.

November 25th

42105 Wuppertal




„This work is based on my grandparents‘ genealogical research. When I started looking through the information of nearly 1400 people, spread over 22 generations, I was overstrained. I began to make up my own systems, trying to find ways to handle my own family tree. These systems range from a doubled picture of this family tree, one with names, one with portraits, to the illustration of the loss of information, to the attempt of understanding and making myself a part of this ancestry, which I already am. The project now shows the artistic implementation of my own search.“



In the installation ›The strength of a power is its force‹ / ›Die Kraft einer Stärke ist ihr Antrieb‹, Anne Krönker site-specifically rearranges extracts of artefacts from her ongoing work ›Breaking material is man-made‹ / ›Das Material, das zerbricht, ist vom Menschen gemacht‹ with meticulous care to a new setting of system structure.

Whether you want it or not, one competes for structure within society. Following this structure, the past results in the future while shaping the present moment in an aesthetic and vivid manner of order.

Order is processed by ideas and ideals. Establishing order through structure is power. Power in turn emerges as an attitude towards the conquest and physical formation of matter. A weaker is hindered to penetrate it.

Motion, sight, interaction, odour and emotion are predetermined – despite you being a living being. Based on your available options, you move around and decide on adaption of your own being: Are you malleable, you add a you, are you resistant to deformation, you carry on a form of strength, which allows you inferior moulding. Any new form of creation will be available to you and others in continuous existence until you or another rearranges that structure according to individual attitude and mobilization of strength. Resistance emerges when limits of corporeal, psychological and physical boundaries are disrupted.

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250 years ago, about 30,000 Germans emigrated to the Russian czardom in hope of a better life. Russian-Germans are a topic present in public discourse since returning to their supposed homeland of Germany, where by now they belong to the largest immigrant groups. Since Germany began taking in late repatriates in 1950, nearly 4.5 million immigrants have returned to the home of their ancestors—a home that the majority only knew from stories. Upon arrival, they had to quickly realize that their identity was no longer purely German. Given their background and long history in the czardom as well as the Soviet Union, specific forms of an independent culture emerged after their return to Germany—neither totally Russian, nor totally German.

In the project “Privet Germania“ (Hello Germany) Ira Thiessen connects the topic of lifestyle within German-Russian culture.

She stages portraits and combining elements from theatre and atelier photography. In her partially absurd and detail-loving images, she plays with the Russian culture and simultaneously—with the aid of theatrical implementations within the personal living spaces of the protagonists—break classical photographic conventions. The combination of props and the ever-present cloth background, which seems to act like a foreign element or even an interference, emphasizes the individuality of those represented and isolates them from their privacy. The staging, which is made deliberately visible, creates a frame: The protagonists are framed by their environment, which appears as a cultural, as well as a formal frame.

The people presented within the context of this project come from North Rhein-Westphalia and Berlin, through which she is able to establish a connection between her place of origin and the place she lives.

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Arina Essipowitsch likes to tell stories with her camera. This one takes place in Leipzig where she is in residence. For the project Ulysses, she composes, in the way of a polyphonic composition for 3 voices, a photographic patchwork using 3 different formats and techniques, like many witnesses to a single story. Whereas the polaroids capture the hard reality, the black and white photos reveal the ambivalence of a city lost in time. Indeed, Leipzig was for a long time under the soviet domination during the Cold War. It is now experimenting its renewal becoming a sort of ideal bubble for the young generation. Outside of the capitalist diktats, the city appears like a utopian place where a time dilatation coexists with the idea of happiness. Arina reveals in her photographs the instability carried by the young society living there through a fragile portrait of a girl torn between her personal tale and a past that she tries to connect with. By placing remains from GDR with contemporary objects belonging to the realm of revelry, the artist exposes the illusion of a prosper life in Leipzig. Saturated colored places and forests taken from old film rolls from GDR are not reassuring; where the light is too bright, it unveils a world of a disenchanted reality.

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(Text: Eléonore Gros)



EIN AREAL is screening the video „Friday“ of Helen Flanagan.

Friday is a video that stages language games in the setting of a nightclub. One defining feature of a game is that there is rules. The work explores how these rules play in society, governing our behaviour and the ways in which we use them to try to understand one another and the world around us.

SCREENING, 23.07 – 20 UHR




Zur Kunst- und Museumsnacht in Wuppertal eröffnet EIN AREAL seine Ausstellungsreihe zum Thema HABITUS. In einem vorangegangenen Open Call wurden Künstler dazu aufgerufen ihre Werke für die Ausstellungsräume einzusenden. Die ausstellenden Künstler sind

Verena Prenner (
Julia Weiser (
Bram Kuypers (

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Die Vermittlung von Kultur stellt eine große Herausforderung dar, denen große Institutionen nicht gerecht werden können. Somit sehen wir die zielgerichtete Vermittlung von Kultur als prinzipielle Aufgabe von EIN AREAL.

EIN AREAL soll nicht nur ein begehbares Schaufenster sein, sondern ein erweiterter Lebensraum in dem soziale Interaktionen und Diskussionen stattfinden. Durch die Standortwahl des Projekts in einem Lokal in einer Wohngegend in der Nordstadt, möchten wir die Neugier von Anwohnern und Passanten wecken und gleichzeitig Teil des individuellen Alltags werden.

Neben diversen kulturellen Veranstaltungen konzentriert sich EIN AREAL auf die Instrumentalisierung des Raums durch kreative Auseinandersetzungen zu ausgewählten Themen. Im ersten Ausstellungsprojekt, möchten wir Künstlern die Möglichkeit geben sich zu bestimmten Themen zu äußern, indem sie sich und ihre Werke in den Raum integrieren.

Zur Vorstellung des ersten OPEN CALLS zum Thema „Habitus“ und zur institutionellen Eröffnung laden wir Kulturinteressierte, Anwohner und Passanten am

Freitag, den 6.5.2016 um 19 Uhr ein.

Friedrichstr. 2
42105 Wuppertal

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