Apr 16–19, 2015
Collaboration project with Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler
KOW and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler share a similar commitment to the transformative capacities of cultural production. Both galleries run discursive programs rooted in the conviction that art will change, if not the world, then at least our visions of it. Facing current challenges, contemporary art contributes to a forthright survey of the global complexities we need to grapple with in order to build awareness of our entanglements and the consequences of our actions.
As much as KOW and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler agree on the transgressive and performative role of art and defend its social relevance through comprehensive communication efforts, both galleries have different backgrounds in theory and in artistic and curatorial methodology. Collaborating at Art Cologne, the Berlin-based gallerists put their affinities as well as differences on display.
KOW’s program originates in an anti-representational perspective that gives the quest for solidarity priority over the quest for cognition. Putting aside any fundamental distinction between reality ‘as it truly is’ and reality ‘as we see it,’ KOW aims to present ways of seeing that make a different reality, lobbying for a responsible and ultimately politicized notion of perception.
Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler is interested in art that operates outside linear notions of modernist thinking and engages with more speculative, non-hierarchical, and hybrid approaches. When human beings are seen as parts of a dynamic network of material and immaterial agents, art becomes a crucial cultural practice to tackle the need for a constant reassessment of our basis for action.