VERTRAU MIR 2 (parete attrezzata) - installation view at Belvedere 21 - Living room furniture set (tv wall unit set), TV screen, white painted branch, acrylic paint tubes, brush, print.

THE KISS - fine art canvas print, glitter, acrylic, plastic cable ties, foam filling.

 

One of the most basic human needs - trust - connects the works of Kareem Lotfy, Evelyn Plaschg, Fabio Santacroce and Anne Schmidt. The exhibition’s title, VERTRAU MIR (Trust me), mediates between trust’s positive dimension, as a friendly invitation, and, on the other hand, its suspicious invasiveness, as a pushy request for granting a leap of faith. The positive aspects of trust develop from it being actively offered and accepted, a process which fosters a sense of interpersonal security. In this way, the negotiation of trust enables and cultivates an invisible contractual cord. Empathy and affection rely on trust and seem impossible without it. But the essence of trust is fragile and can be instrumentalized or abused often too easily. When inverted, trust’s violent dimension enables dependencies and suppression as one of its manifold registers.

A ready-made furniture set, the kind supplied by most home improvement stores, acts as the key element in the unfolding of a domestic mise en scène. Paradoxically, the private realm, a place for recreation and intimacy, is pervaded by violence to the extent of almost no other space. The desire to separate the private realm from the public sphere masks a complex relationship of mutual dependency. In VERTRAU MIR various sorts of decorations demand the superior position within these sets of tension, become reshaped by a layer of sound, and get injured by bodily traces. The inversion of the institutional and the organic intensifies through the bifurcation of the exhibition throughout two venues: foundation and Belvedere 21.

A ready-made furniture set, the kind supplied by most home improvement stores, acts as the key element in the unfolding of a domestic mise en scène. It marks composedly the separation/incompatibility between the privileged space of contemporary art industry and the alienating, committed everyday life of the working class. Informed by minimalism, cheapness and spatial optimization, the tv wall unit set registers a current domestic trend, allocating to the living room the primary leisure space, improved with pay-TV and decorations.

The group show VERTRAU MIR is part of the exhibition About the New, Young Scenes in Vienna at Belvedere 21 on view from March 1st until June 2nd 2019.