April 18, 2016 - Portikus - Shahryar Nashat: Model Malady
April 18, 2016

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Shahryar Nashat, Present Sore (still), 2016. Video, 9:20 minutes. Courtesy of Rodeo, London and Silberkuppe, Berlin.

Shahryar Nashat
Model Malady
April 23–June 19, 2016

Opening: April 22, 8pm

Portikus
Alte Brücke 2 / Maininsel
60594 Frankfurt
Germany

T +49 69 96244540
info@portikus.de

www.portikus.de
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Shahryar Nashat
Model Malady
April 23–June 19, 2016

Opening: April 22, 8pm

Portikus
Alte Brücke 2 / Maininsel
60594 Frankfurt
Germany

T +49 69 96244540
info@portikus.de

www.portikus.de
Facebook / Twitter

Within his artistic practice, Swiss artist Shahryar Nashat (*1975, lives and works in Berlin) uses means and ways to steer or interrupt the contemplative gaze, thereby directing the focus on the unheeded, the unsolicited. To achieve this, the artist resorts to various media such as video, photography and sculpture.

The core of his upcoming exhibition Model Malady at Portikus is composed of two new works: Present Sore (2016) and Chômage Technique (2016).

Present Sore is a video work, a composite portrait of the 21st century body mediated by substances both organic and fabricated. Commissioned by Portikus and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, it is temporarily streamed on the Walker Online Channel, and will now be presented as an installation in Frankfurt. In Present Sore, we see the human body not as a whole, but only in detail—like a close-up of the knee or the hand. The focus is on fragments, showing the mechanical moving “parts” of the body and isolating their function as tools.

Chômage Technique is a new group of sculptures that Nashat created for Portikus and the forthcoming Walker exhibition. Consisting of plinths resting on lounging display structures that the artist says are designed for them to “relax,” those obsolete pedestals have no artwork or body to support anymore. They become like laid-off workers, with complimentary front row seating for Present Sore, so that they can enjoy watching the video and its digital depiction of the bodies they would once have supported.


Director: Philippe Pirotte
Curator: Fabian Schöneich

 

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