Abjects | 19 September — 24 October | Vernissage, 18 September, 7pm
A group show featuring new works by Eloise Bonneviot, Emily Jones, Paul Kneale, Yuri Pattison & Andrew Norman Wilson

Curated by Franziska Sophie Wildförster
Co-organized with Import Projects

„There looms, within abjection, one of those violent, dark revolts of being, directed against a threat that seems to emanate from an exorbitant outside or inside, ejected beyond the scope of the possible, the tolerable, the thinkable.“ — Julia Kristeva

In Powers of the Horrors: An essay on Abjection (1980), Julia Kristeva describes the notion of the abject as to be found in the confrontation with death’s materiality and vulnerability in the face of dead corpse, open wounds, excrements, bodily fluids, and even skin on the surface of warm milk. Being radically excluded, it constitutes my subjectivity; driving me „towards the border of my condition as living being,“ it is ambiguity and constant threat.

Abjects poses the emergence of a new kind of abject within our contemporary textures of experience mediated by technology, marked by ideas of disembodiment and an ongoing and accelerated inscription of all facets of life into duration without breaks.

The works gathered create and reflect abjections as slippages and disruptions, by occupying and inhabiting the disparity between our sense of limitless electronic connectedness and infinite reproducibility and the enduring constraints of embodiment and physical finitude. They disturb and rupture a new organization of the material and immaterial, the visible and the opaque, the sensible and the insensible, produced by the relentless forces of digital economy significantly operating in and excerpting power in the the field of perception, experience, language, and desire.

Realized with the kind support of Baierl & Demmelhuber Pähl