City Skins

  • City Skins, Berlin 2015

    City Skins, Berlin 2015

  • City Skins, Berlin 2015

    City Skins, Berlin 2015

  • "2nd 11th Interventionale" (group show) @ Showroom IG Metall, Berlin 2016

  • City Skins, Berlin 2017 (Photo: Boris Niehaus / 1just.de )

    City Skins, Berlin 2017 (Photo: Boris Niehaus / 1just.de )

  • City Skins, Berlin 2017 (Photo: Boris Niehaus / 1just.de )

    City Skins, Berlin 2017 (Photo: Boris Niehaus / 1just.de )

  • City Skins, Berlin 2017

    City Skins, Berlin 2017

  • City Skins, Berlin 2017

    City Skins, Berlin 2017

City Skins

Paper castings of historical monuments

In this series, Various & Gould create papier-mâché casts of public monuments from different eras such as the GDR-period. The resulting paper sculptures are called City Skins. Monuments are projection screens of collective memory and witnesses of a time period. They reflect history, zeitgeist and models of a political system. With City Skins the artists address this topic, questioning the multiple meanings and ascriptions of public cultural artifacts.

The selected monuments are enveloped with a cover of thin, colored paper layers. The silkscreen printed paper mould temporarily provides the figures with a new visual appearance being used as a public communication platform gaining center stage again. After removing and reassembling the paper cast fragments, the City Skins are presented in different locations.

“Cityscapes are always also landscapes of remembrance. Urban art, whose most important features originally are subversiveness and a critical examination of the right to public space, has its sphere of activity here. City Skins joins a repertoire of urban art, which is able to offer emancipatory impulses of the occupation of public space and its symbols of dominance through aesthetic dialogues as well as the breaking out of a city-topography determined by concrete.”Annika Hirsekorn, neurotitan, opening speech, 2017

Video „City Skins – Marx and Engels“

Film: Frederic Leitzke (Editude Pictures)
Camera: Aldo Gugolz, Frederic Leitzke, Boris Niehaus
Editing: Frederic Leitzke
Music: Whistler&Hustler (Stefan Rusconi & Ephrem Lüchinger)
Part of the competition “Art in the Underground 2016/17 – The Middle in Nowhere”, run by neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin.

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