3. - 6. October 2019
Five in Fives #2: Bulging Fences
Marvin Moises Almaraz Dosal, Vanessa Conte, Egon Van Herreweghe & Thomas Min
Opening 2 October 2019, 7pm
Physical fortresses and social muscle tensions—there are materials that look as if they themselves have been working out. How thick does your skin have to be? Or can you simply steel yourself up and just calmly sit back? Bulging Fences follows the fences erected to prevent attack, while also submitting them to questioning: a fence is protection, but it also calls for circumvention. Invulnerability cannot be a higher goal than contact.
In order to loosen the separation between the Fives exhibition and the roller skate rink that is part of our Hi Ventilation program, we look forward to a DJ set for roller skaters by Phuong Dan (Pudel Club) following the opening, from 8pm. His music creates an encounter of the former waiting room (that is the Kunstverein today) and its seemingly harmless promise of the past: Where the cultivated palm tree decoration was supposed to breathe a longing for faraway places to the 19th century travelers, Phuong Dan will ambivalently play the misunderstandings of western escapism back into the space. The construction of a distant world that was full of naive longing, hiding global political and social realities, turns into a vehicle of imagination. You are welcome to roller skate to his phantasmic sounds and find new ways through this exhibition or get lost in appearances.
About the exhibiting artists
Marvin Moises Almaraz Dosal studies at Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg with Thomas Demand. He lives and works in Hamburg. His work for this exhibition will be moving along gender separations, by using symbols of masculine creation and ambition and giving them a new homoerotic connotation of leisure and joy.
Vanessa Conte (* 1977 in Yonkers, USA) works with painting and drawing, she lives and works in Glendale, USA. Her works for this exhibition are paintings and pencil drawings arranged like comic strips, narrating fictions of physical punishment. In unexpected settings, the female victims are surprised by the aggression potential of the also mostly female offenders. Conte evokes feelings of failure, groundless trust, hindrance or cruelty. With her energetic drawing she picks up the ambivalent relationship between the lustfull border-crossing behavior and the feelings of her protagonists.
Egon Van Herreweghe (1985, Gent BE) & Thomas Min (1992, Leuven BE) studied Photography at KASK, Ghent, they live and work in Ghent. Their collective work "Crisis of Masculinity" is an exact replica of the striking blue steel fence at Venice Beach, Los Angeles. Since early 2019 it is integrated into the exhibition space at the newly opened Kunsthal Gent. During the course of the exhibition the artists cut parts of the fence to relocate them in public and private spaces. These fragments will lead a new life as a fremdkörper and ensure that the installation continues to exist, even outside the opening hours of art institutions and long after the original exhibition has ended.