Saskia Fischer - A Certain Wendung
21.04. - 03.05.2018
Sa + Su // 2-6pm
Wendung = wenden, to turn
“...a Difference that endlessly unfolds and folds over from each of its two sides, and that unfolds the one only while refolding the other, in a coextensive unveiling and veiling of Being, of presence and withdrawal of being...” The Fold (Deleuze 1993)
Saskia Fischer’s first solo exhibition in Germany is concerned with the ways in which we define an inside from an outside, and how this determines our ontology, our Being. Wendung stems from the word wenden, to turn, to fold.
Domesticity, space and the technocapitalist and hegemonic structures that define the ways in which spaces are created and the dwellings that these then become (each in turn becoming the crucible that forms our subjectivity) and that give rise to the overwhelmingly apparent anxiety within us.
A brick is not yet a house - but is the first element of a wall. An outside wall that can protect, or divide; or a domestic wall that divides us further still. While paper folds it transforms a two-dimensional image into an object with a body, a body defined by its outside, with newly controlled space within it.
Aesthetically rooted to British Victorian housing and Prussian architecture, the imperial brick is a highly politicised material - Prussian Berlin is saturated with it; and oddly enough this very gallery at Kaskel Kiez (with its original name Victoria Stadt) is nestled in an area named after Queen Victoria, in a block first built during the first wave of industrialisation, and the corresponding influx of capital. And so, the fold continues.
German artist Saskia Fischer’s (b.1986) research based practice and conceptual work spans across photography, sculpture, and installation. Currently in her final year on the MFA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Saskia completed her undergraduate degree in photography at the Folkwang University of Art in Germany and in sculpture and installation at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, Estonia. Saskia has recently shown work at Infinite Vanitas, Conversano, Italy, A Handful of Certainty and Joy, Chalton Gallery, London, Give Me a Body Then, Altamura, Italy, We’re All Involved In This Mess, Enclave, London and Manifesta 10, Parallel Programme, Taiga, St. Petersburg, Russia.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Goldsmiths Alumni and Friends Fund.