HilgerBROTKunsthalle @ VOLTA 8
OUR PROJECT @ VOLTA 8: Human beings on the edge of society artists: Anastasia Khoroshilova, Ángel Marcos, Cameron Platter
A pending issue that is being dealt with in the contemporary art scene - a cutting edge topic referring to everyday problems and their social and cultural meanings.
Our artists the Russian photographer Anastasia KHOROSHILOVA, the Spanish photographer Ángel MARCOS and the South African sculptor/drawer Cameron PLATTER all try to address these matters in their works but decide to use different approaches and ways to express themselves artistically. The core of these works is the same though. The gap between what is right and what is wrong in a modern society needs to be questioned and deconstructed by all means.
Cameron PLATTER makes stories, pictures, and objects that are documents of contemporary morality; exploring a reality stranger than fiction, through fantasy, satire and subculture, using themes appropriated from the universal concerns of sex, love, violence, beauty, advertising, food, battle scenes, pornography, writing, politics, religion, crime, dancing, lust, greed, things falling apart, and spaceships. The young, struggling South African generation is facing difficult times, doing their best to break free from traditional and inbuilt structures. Cameron PLATTER is one of them.
Anastasia KHOROSHILOVA creates fine and sensitive photo-portraits of people that live outside of their cultural world and who have temporarily changed their home for a united living. She is especially interested in people that have grown up in between two different cultures – just like the artist herself, who grew up both in Russia and in Germany. She pursues a simple, subjective, documentary style in order to visualize her own world.
Ángel MARCOS is fascinated by life . It is as if he could look right into people, sceneries, structures of power and loss - as if he sensed some enormous truth in them. In his photography and installations he captivates an existential melancholy that provides a connection to the conditio humana that is connected to the understanding that life is accompanied by change. His series La mar negra & La mirada blanca on the other hand are First World/Third World clash of cultures and problems that arise because of social gap related problems. It feels like the dictionary definition of horrendous emptiness is being depicted in the most beautiful way.
The works by these three outstanding artists are all based on the struggle of dealing with the downsides of everyday life, portraying either people who are considered outcasts or seemingly outlandish places. Furthermore they all deal with questions of morality, tradition and society structures as means of regulation.
Location: Dreispitzhalle Dreispitz Areal Tor / Gate 13 Helsinki Strasse 5 CH-4142 Münchenstein / Basel Switzerland