October 21, 2014 - Frankfurter Kunstverein - Pauline M’barek
October 21, 2014

Pauline M’barek

Pauline M’barek, Artefakte, 2014. © the artist.

Pauline M’barek: Forms of Tangency
October 31, 2014–January 4, 2015

Opening: October 30, 7pm

Frankfurter Kunstverein
Markt 44 
60311 Frankfurt 
Hours: Tuesday–Friday 11am–7pm, 
Wednesday 11am–9pm, Saturday–Sunday 10am–7pm


The Frankfurter Kunstverein presents a comprehensive survey of Pauline M’barek’s artistic work. Born in 1979 and based in Brussels and Cologne, the artist has been the recipient of numerous art prizes, and in 2014 she was awarded the prestigious Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Fellowship.

M’barek’s multi-media installations invert the customary relation between subject and object, thus bringing about a confrontation of different spatial conditions and relations, optical phenomena, and political determinants. The subject matter of her sculptures, drawings, and video and audio installations could be described as the perceptual apparatus itself—sight, hearing, and touch. This also includes objects and media, in or through which a reality perceived as authentic is manifested: a display case, or a mount for an object. Different axes and perspectives relating to spatial experience and content unfold in the exhibition—which was specifically conceived for the space of the Frankfurter Kunstverein—and are activated by the physical movement of the viewer.

The series of works assembled in the exhibition are centered on places, moments, and forms of tangency and how they are materialized. Tangency, understood as an instance of vagueness and ambiguity, is translated by the artist into plaster casts of the negative space between two touching hands, for example. Using those shell-like intermediary forms the invisible space between the hands is given formal definition. She also deals with the definition of empty space in a video work where two hands wearing white gloves explore various black objects in front of a black background. Only through the touch of the gloved hands do their contours become visible, making it possible to guess their nature. M’barek’s works investigate points of transition between the observer and the observed, the exposed and the hidden, eye and hand, enabling one to experience the relativity of one’s individual perceptions.

Curated by Holger Kube Ventura

Kindly supported by 1822-Foundation of the Frankfurter Sparkasse and maecenia foundation for women in science and arts

Press contact
Julia Wittwer: T +49 69 219314 30 / F +49 69 219314 11 / presse [​at​] fkv.de / www.fkv.de (texts and images for download under PRESS)


Pauline M’barek at Frankfurter Kunstverein
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