Communication and the transfer of knowledge form the starting point for this work by Mariechen Danz (*1980). Here the Irish-born artist places the body at the centre of her process-based practice. Through her sculptures, drawings, costumes and performances she examines potential means of expression, but also the limitations of language, the ability to decode signs and their hierarchical systems. Time after time her artistic discourse revolves around the subjectivity of all human understanding, replacing one-dimensional models of explanation with empathy and curiosity. Mariechen Danz uses decolonial approaches to challenge Eurocentric views of history and concepts of value, deliberately scrambling the categories that we largely use to order and control our world. As a consequence, established boundaries evaporate and give way to an ongoing learning process.
In her exhibition Clouded in Veins, Mariechen Danz uses a stage-like approach to display her works throughout the Kunsthalle Recklinghausen. She both transforms and opens the architecture of the building and enables the public to be actively involved. This instigation of communication and dialogue appears highly topical in the light of populist power strategies and the threatened disappearance of social empathy.
The exhibition is part of this year’s programme by the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen. Together with Kerstin Brätsch, Mariechen Danz will also present another work, Clouded in Vain, as part of Ruhr Ding: Klima at Silbersee II in Haltern.
An exhibition in co-operation with Kunsthalle Recklinghausen and Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, curated by Hans-Jürgen Schwalm.
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For the exhibition Clouded in Veins by Mariechen Danz at the Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, the museum charges an entrance fee.
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