Lal Batman: The Floor is Lava

Lal Batman: The Floor is Lava

Anna Laudel

Lal Batman, The Floor is Lava, 2023. Photo: Katja Illner, Anna Laudel Düsseldorf.

December 15, 2023
Lal Batman
The Floor is Lava
December 1, 2023–February 4, 2024
Anna Laudel Düsseldorf
Mühlenstrasse 1
40213 Düsseldorf
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Lal Batman’s first solo exhibition in Germany The Floor is Lava is now open at Anna Laudel Düsseldorf. Drawing inspiration from popular playground games, the exhibition can be visited until February 4, 2024. Inspired by common children’s games played in schoolyards, the exhibition exceeds beyond the innocence of childhood games, to delve into complex themes such as ridden anxiety, impending catastrophes, and haunting memories which one is faced with throughout adulthood. Through her art, Batman aims to explore the multifaceted aspects of the human psyche and the anxieties that can manifest as people transit from childhood to adulthood.

“This exhibition will make you feel like your feet were swept off the ground” says Lal Batman about her first solo exhibition in Germany, Düsseldorf, showcasing artworks that are unveiled to meet the audience for the first time and differ distinctly in style and format from her previous oeuvres. The artist creates a conglomerate of futuristic landscapes, underworld scenarios, and fantastic imagery in her sculptural and video works reflecting the vast range of mental states we experience. All the while she maintains a witty and ironic distance from the narrative content. 

Batman’s self-composed soundtracks which highly resemble ASMR, induce trance-like states in the audience, making them feel immobilized by the screen. The sculptures in the exhibition, with their preposterous size and mass, mirrors the bizarre, grotesque and also sinister games of childhood, obstructing the audience’s movement in the exhibition space.

Batman’s artistic practice also concerns the age of accelerating digitalization and our interaction with social media. She parallels this reality, this meta-world, in her own work by alluding to the search for security, affirmation, relationships and expectations we foster by doing so. She vividly communicates the human psyche’s need for love, tenderness and harmony as well as the irresistible fascination for evil, horror and destruction.

The audience will move through the exhibition more like crossing a floor transforming meter by meter into lava, drawing people in and out of  perilous yet intriguing dreams or nightmares. Lal Batman’s playful and daring exhibition The Floor is Lava can be visited until February 4, 2024 at Anna Laudel Düsseldorf.

Lal Batman
Born in Bursa, Turkey, Lal Batman received a high school education with a focus on fine arts. Upon graduating, she pursued studies in Plastic and Fine Arts at Yeditepe University in Istanbul. Throughout her studies she participated in curatorial projects, workshops, symposia and panels in Europe, Asia and South America. Lal Batman developed an interdisciplinary and multi-layered practice throughout her accelerating artistic career. Engaging with concepts that tie art and design together in their evolution over time, her visual language changed from more figurative representations to a more abstract style. Batman’s perception of art and design is also of significance in terms of the relationship between space, artwork and audience she aims to create. Using video art, digital manipulation, digital illustration, sculpture and painting, Batman transforms her perspective on reality and its intrinsic volatile into complex pieces of art. In 2023 Anna Laudel represented her in a solo booth at Zonamaco, Mexico City. The booth was mentioned on Art news as one of the top ten booths of this fair´s edition. The artist lives and works between Istanbul (Turkey) and Belgrade (Serbia).

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