Routinised Absurdity30 September 2018 – 3 February 2019
KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art Berlin
Routines give us security. They are based on our experiences, preventing us from learning new things and saving ourselves from the unforeseen. However, when these practices become rigid, unreflected habits, they interfere with everyday life and suppress purposeful behavior. We wish to break out of the day-to-day patterns and yearn for a stroke of freedom that brings variety to our cyclical regiments of work, consumption, leisure, personal care, and sleep.
The thematic group exhibition Routinized Absurdity presents photographs of ten international contemporary photographers, who address our daily routines and breaking free from them. The highly narrative photographs, which are often self-portraits, not only show the absurdity inherent in repetitive habits, but also raise questions about the state of a performance-oriented society in which efficient action is paramount. They also illuminate the flip sides of the permanent functioning of each individual – fatigue, overstrain and collapse. In most of the works, the faces of the protagonists remain hidden. As a result, the viewer‘s attention shifts to the rest of the body, which becomes the medium of mental states.
With works by Louis De Belle, Juno Calypso, Brooke DiDonato, Christoph Grill, Aleksey Kondratyev, Elisa Larvego, Sandra Lazzarini, Pierrick Sorin, Sebastian Stumpf, Ben Zank
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