Knecht, Fabian

11 ФЕВРАЛЯ / 19:00 / КИНОЗАЛ

Участник арт-резиденции «Заря», немецкий художник Фабиан Кнехт проведет лекцию для всех желающих, кто хочет узнать подробнее о его персональной выставке в Малом зале ЦСИ «Заря», а также о новой работе в рамках резиденции. Его инсталляция UMKEHRUNG («Восстановление») станет масштабной интервенцией в природный ландшафт Владивостока.

Фабиан Кнехт (р. 1980, Магдебург, Германия) живёт и работает в Берлине. Окончил Берлинский Университет Искусств (Universität der Künste Berlin, UdK), а также учился в Калифорнийском Институте Искусств и Aльской Высшей Школе Изобразительных Искусств в Аддис-Абеба, Эфиопия (Ale School of Fine Arts and Design). С 2009 по 2014 являлся студентом Института Экспериментов с Пространством художника Олафура Элиассона. Кнехт – участник многочисленных международных выставок, среди которых V Московская Международная Биеннале Молодого Искусства 2016 года и выставка Фестиваль Будущих Настоящих Моментов (Festival of Future Nows) в Новой Национальной Галерее в Берлине (2014). Персональные проекты среди других включают VERNEINUNG (Галерея аlexander levy, Берлин, 2015), _UNG (Галерея Christophe Gaillard, Париж. 2015), ENTFACHUNG (Музей Современного Искусства в Загребе, 2013).

This exhibition marks German artist Fabian Knecht’s first solo show in Russia. One of the most prominent figures of Berlin’s contemporary art scene, Knecht works with temporal and spatial installations, performances and actions. This exhibition brings together works from different times, based on a critical understanding of reality and art systems on the microlevel of personal experience and everyday observations of particular enviromental and social conditions.

This exhibition is built around the notion of a lasting thing. The artist “animates” objects through intervening into daily life with situations that break from the conventional order of things, giving rise to new meanings and values within both object-oriented and social established and normalized relationship. At the same time, the exhibition attempts to undermine the power of museums and galleries as the primary sites for the production and distribution of art and thus places that effectively control the creation of new ideas.

The title of the exhibition – ZERBRECHUNG – has been lifted from one of the artist’s own works. It is a neologism Knecht generated by taking the verb zerbrechen (“to break, to destroy, to crack”), which describes the effect of the action, and transforming it into a noun through the addition of the suffix –UNG. The artist applies this method for naming his works that reflects one of the key principles of his practice: the objectification of actions, or the transformation of action within the work of art.

Simple in form, uncompromising and unmediated, Knecht's works presented in this exhibition purposefully stir up feelings of discomfort and anxiety in the viewer. Sometimes outsider-intruders, non-functional within their immediate enviroment, these objects and actions are positioned beyond the bounds of empirical fact, forging a site of communication between the world of the artist and the world of the viewer, between art and reality.

The lifespan of such works is always inherently limited and part of its existence is the speed of its forgetting. Deconstruction, disappearance, evanescence – these are the units of measurements within Fabian Knecht works. As the artist himself puts it, playing off the famous Mark Twain adage: they knew that it was a lost cause, and that’s why they did it.