Christine Würmell, Object Group: Konvolut
Exhibition: Saturday, August 13, 2-6 p.m. / Sunday, August 14, 2–6 p.m.
While researching the development of what was formerly Leninplatz at the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district archive in 2005, Christine Würmell came across archived materials from the early 1990s on the demolition of the Lenin monument, a controversial affair at the time. In her new work Object Group: Konvolut, the artist places photographs of archive-material backings improvised from various paper scraps—such as recycled flyers from rent-hike demos, event posters, GDR gift-wrapping paper—alongside images of specific newspaper articles.
The juxtapositions of archived debates and all of their varied to polemical positions with the reverse-side documents thus become randomly configured indices offering insights into the everyday socio-political life and culture of the post-reunification period. This thirty-year-old debate now takes on a new relevance in light of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and the thus foreseeable destruction of monuments associated with it—especially considering that Soviet cultural heritage is also absurdly being destroyed by Russian bombs.
Curated by Bettina Klein as part of the Restless Monuments Berlin project (with Kasia Fudakowski, Wilhelm Klotzek, Manfred Pernice, Mykola Ridnyi, Simon Wachsmuth, Christine Würmell).