19 June – 5 September 2021
In her installations and paintings Theresa Weber (*1996 in Düsseldorf) investigates cultural hybridization, beauty ideals, and traces of belonging. In colourful, mostly expansive works, she processes familiar, foreign, fetishized, and personal elements. These are often prosthetic materials such as artificial nails, synthetic hair, body padding, silicone, but also textiles and jewelry - all elements that give bodies an identity. The artist is using body extensions in a narrative of social performativity, as a cultural, organic trace or a physical left-over, and decodes associations and hierarchies that are inscribed within these materials.
Her exhibition at Dortmunder Kunstverein will encompass a new full space installation made of ropes, synthetic hair and scenic light, staging her Woven Memories – a series of found objects and pieces of memory cast into resin. The exhibition will be visible from within the space as well as through the huge window front.
The special programme for this exhibition will include the collaborative performance FLUIDITY with artist Anys Reimann, that will be part of the year long collaboration of four Dortmund based institutions Dortmund Goes Black in cooperation with Schauspiel Dortmund, Dietrich-Keuning-Haus and Internationales Frauen*Film Fest Dortmund + Köln. The performance will take place on 12 and 14 August and will transform the exhibition into a stage.
Woven Memories is the artist‘s first institutional solo exhibition. Further works can be seen in parallel in the exhibition Sweet Lies - Fiktion der Zugehörigkeit at Ludwigforum Aachen (2021). From September it will be presented in a solo exhibition at Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne. The artist will graduate in summer 2021 as a master class student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where she studied in the classes of Ellen Gallagher and Katharina Grosse, and was nominated for the Federal Art Prize (Bundeskunstpreis) in 2020.
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