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Ankersentrum(surviving in the ruinous ruin)

Natascha Süder Happelmann - Ankersentrum
Comprised of a series of texts, drawings and photographs, this catalogue documents and expands on the multimedia installation by "Natascha Süder Happelmann" (Natascha Sadr Haghighian), an artistic reflection on ruinous space (catalogue of the German Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale).
Natascha Süder Happelmann deals with what could be called ruinous spaces. Spaces that have created conditions or facts that are irreversible or irreparable. Natascha Süder Happelmann is of the opinion that some spaces are already ruins at the time of their creation. Their ruinous character is often already inherent in the idea behind them. It is precisely these spaces that Natascha Süder Happelmann seeks out in her quest for the unstable formations of possibility and survival. Throught her collaborative practice Natascha Süder Happelmann's reassesses the conditions and spaces for artistic action and activates aesthetic research in political and social contexts.
The publication Ankersentrum (surviving in the ruinous ruin), conceived by the artist with the curator Franciska Zólyom, houses the several voices that were instrumental to the creation and articulation of the work. It is simultaneously a trace of the process of witnessing and an autonomous space to follow the different trajectories the work engages with.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the German Pavilion at the 58th International Exhibition of visual arts – La Biennale di Venezia, from May 11 to November 24, 2019.

See also Beyond Repair.
Natascha Sadr Haghighian is an important voice of contemporary art. In her work she unfolds the poetic, imaginary and critical potential of art. She stands for an artistic position that not only analyses or comments on aesthetic and scientific concepts and social or political conditions, but actively changes them. Within each working process the artist develops a new understanding of her role and a new approach.
She primarily creates works in the fields of installation and performance, text and sound. As an individual or collective artistic position, she frequently allows her practice to flow into political, social processes. She addresses the activist aspect of artistic work and reassesses the conditions and spaces for aesthetic research and artistic action. Disconnecting the artist from representative roles or political instrumentalisation has always been an integral part of Natascha Sadr Haghighian's artistic practice. As early as 2004, the artist initiated the CV exchange platform bioswop.net, where concepts such as identity, representation, facts and self are renegotiated and the fetish of the "artist's biography" is undermined. For her participation at the German pavilion for the 58th Venice Biennale, she intentionally misspelled her name as "Natascha Süder Happelmann".
Edited by Natascha Süder Happelmann, Franciska Zólyom, Tanja Milewsky.
Contributions by Natascha Süder Happelmann, Rheim Alkadhi, Jasper Kettner, Maziyar Pahlevan, Jesko Fezer, Anita Kaspar & Andreas Müller, Kooperative Für Darstellungspolitik, Felix Meyer, Seda Naiumad & Fritz Lazlo Weber, Aino Korvensyrjä, David Jassey & Rex Osa with Seda Naiumad, Nida Ghouse, Maurice Louca, DJ Marfox, Tisha Mukarji, Jako Maron, Elnaz Seyedi, Jessica Ekomane, Helene Duldung, Franciska Zólyom.

Graphic Design: Maziyar Pahlevan.

published in November 2019
bilingual edition (English / German)
17 x 24 cm (softcover)
304 pages (color ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-948212-03-2
EAN : 9783948212032
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