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Kerim Seiler

Preis der Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim-Stiftung

Nomadic Structures - Masobasoba (2010) Sticks, Ropes, Fluorescent Lights, etc.

Pneuma involves a scale and embodiment of sculpture somewhat more between nature, the body and built structure - rooftops, mountain summits, yards of half-built palaces, cities and rural areas. Its narrative (if it has one singular story) is one of the collaborative journey, not a quest, but a vacation in South Africa, in late summer (a fugitive from the last of the European winter). That the work finds itself in many in-betweens is an index of this country's long history of displacements - from town to rural homeland, from city to township, location and informal settlement, from backyard shack to Arts centre. In each instance the gap is never filled, just highlighted, with a molecular structure somewhere between neon signage and a weird cubist split-pole tent, all at a scale between the figure, the hand-made and the site, whether a natural or built environment. It appears and then disappears as quickly. This is not a difficult, consuming work, its challenge is the transport of its parts - by foot often, to high places, with the help of friends. Each site requires negotiation with brokers or Chiefs, or patrons, and some offer a space for interaction, for joining. That is the performance. (And it does not appear as evidence in the photographs.) Bettina Malcomess

1974 Geboren in Bern
Lebt und arbeitet in Berlin

Künstlerische Biografie
1997-2002 Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg (Diplom)
Bis 2011 Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH) (MA in Architektur)

2006 Creature Comfort, Blank Projects, Kapstadt [Kat.]
2007 Spume/Holotypes, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles
2008 Cravan, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich [Kat.]
2009 Effetto Barnum, La Rada, Locarno
2010 The Anteroom, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bukarest
2011 Relay (Situationist Space Program), The Main Change Building/Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg
2011 Maintenant, Grieder Contemporary, Küsnacht

2001, 2003, 2006 Swiss Art Awards, Messezentrum Basel [2001 Kat.]
2006 Schweizer Druckgraphik der Gegenwart 1980-2005, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf [Kat.]
2007 Die Situationistische Internationale, Museum Tinguely, Basel [Kat.]
2008 Utopics - 11th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, Public Space, Biel/Bienne [Kat.]
2008 Shifting Identities, Kunsthaus Zürich [Kat.]
2010 ArtBoom Festival, Public Space, Krakau [Kat.]
2011 Dada Moscow: Rewriting Worlds, Polytechnical Museum, Moscow, Special project
at the 4th Moscow Biennial 2011

2001 Eidgenössischer Preis für Kunst, Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern


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Ausgabe 14  2011
Künstler/in Kerim Seiler
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