Themed competition 2017 / FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN
The exhibition FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN took place from 20th of January until 24th of February 2017. The opening day was on 19th of January 2017.
Uttering the words fleeing, migrant or refugee crisis will most commonly provoke an intrinsic riot. On the one hand the topic's overrepresentation in media coverage has triggered this premature reaction, but on the other hand flight is simply an uncomfortable topic in modern society, where the living conditions to which one has become accustomed, always seems to be secure. Being on the run represents the most archaic lifestyle, out of which human society has grown by becoming settled. And being a refugee means emerging from this security and experiencing human struggle first hand. This FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN either guides to safe haven or cuts a corner and restores despair. The plight of celebrities such as Ai Wei Wei highlights that this major issue is not removed from the art world. Hereof stoerpunkt, gallery for contemporary art, wants to enter the current discourse shepherded by committed artists.
Out 353 candidates, we have chosen ten outstanding works, which approach the topic in a variety of ways and with a wealth of different media. The artworks can be considered as contemporary documents, embodying the consternation of an entire generation. With the support of the UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe and the Refugio-München, we want to give these voices, which are documenting, criticizing, explaining, telling and urging us to not close our minds to this socio-political problem, an auditorium.
Ana Pusica, Arne Kalkbrenner, Dominik Bais, Fakhri Bismanto Bohang, Frenzy Höhne, Lea Grebe, Leon Eixenberger, Max Ott, MarinA, Mulugeta Tekle, Rupert Jörg
Text Estella Vallender