Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts

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Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts
Your Skin Makes Me Cry
Date
2015-05-15 ~ 2015-07-05

Curators / Olaf Stüber, Leonhard Emmerling

Your skin makes me cry. You float like a feather in a beautiful world ... But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here.

These memorable lines from the hit song “Creep” by Radiohead provide the thematic framework for the current exhibition programme: on the one hand they convey intimacy – the physical and emotional contact, happiness and pain it involves, as well as the adolescent struggle for selfhood and the ongoing quest for personal identity. On the other, they refer to the social context – to the staging of the self and the shattering of gender stereotypes, as reflected in the works of young visual artists. The examination of gender roles and how they shape identity has become a subject of renewed interest, above all for a younger generation of artists, and is a central concern of contemporary art practice.

Students from every German art school were invited to submit recent single-channel videos for the competition “Your Skin Makes Me Cry”. Twenty works were subsequently selected from a total of 234 entries from more than 30 different colleges and universities. They range from highly personal evaluations of the artist’s own role – and the perception of that role within a given framework of social expectations and power structures – to critical appraisals of material found on the World Wide Web; from observations on everyday relationships, sexuality or strained interpersonal relationships to conceptual works on queer identities or gender studies. For all the seriousness of the subject matter, many of the pieces are characterised by a light-hearted, humorous approach to their particular theme.

“Your Skin Makes Me Cry” is organized by Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, TNUA and the Goethe-Institute Taipei. This video art exhibition is curated by Olaf Stüber and Leonhard Emmerling. It will be available to Goethe-Institutes around the world for exhibitions, screenings, conferences and lectures from October 2014 to December 2019. The project is also intended to provide information about current video art production and media art education at institutions of higher education in Germany.

 

Artists

Angela AnziElse ArtmannSamuel DuvoisinPawel BartosikMila BurghardtMaria DabowMarlene DenningmannBarbara DévényPhilipp GuflerAndrea Éva GyöriFranziska KabischBianca KennedyKonstantin KunathXenia LesniewskiRebecca LoycheKristina PaustianJasmin PreissUndine SommerDanny WagnerClara WinterLina WaldeHelene Wittmann