Patricia Esquivias - Cardón cardinal
Patricia Esquivias (Venezuela, 1979) creates her work from memories, anecdotes and conversations. In her video works, she narrates by herself while presenting documents, photos and objects in front of a steadily installed camera, avoiding any post-processing. In the spirit of storytelling, these are oral summaries that the artist has researched extensively and translated into conceptual maps and image archives. In addition, Patricia Esquivias creates objects in which she incorporates significant images, symbols and fragments from the cosmos of her stories, to then embed them in a spatial context with her video works.
A historical narrative is only as convincing and credible as its author. Esquivias' work is like looking into the thoughts of an artist whose works examine historical theories that have been filtered through an idiosyncratic, hilarious, and highly subjective belief system. This creates a new and fascinating form of fact-based, self-critical fiction. An important part of the work of the artist, who was born in Venezuela and now lives and works in Madrid and Guadalajara, is the relationship between the old and the new world with indirect commentaries on colonial history.
In her work, micro-stories mix in an apparently random way with big narratives and reveal the impossibility of telling stories in a linear, simple and objective manner. For the exhibition at Kunstverein Langenhagen she developed a new work in which Mexican cacti play a leading role. “Cardón cardinal” is the story of the giant cactus that was unearthed in the Mexican desert on the occasion of the Expo92 World Exhibition and flown to Seville by plane. It is still standing there today, slowly but surely drying up. Without presenting her own interpretation, Patricia Esquivias tells this story, which on the one hand refers to colonial practices, but on the other hand also illustrates how, after a (large or small) representative spectacle has subsided, responsibilities can be blurred, buried or pushed aside...
Artist Talk - Patricia Esquivias (in englisch)
Accompanying the exhibition Cardón Cardinal, we will talk to Patricia Esquivias about her work, her working-methods and her project for the Kunstverein. The online artist talk is going to take place on January 19 at 7 p.m. in english language only. To register for the conversation, send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org You are welcome to send us your questions for the artist. We will try to incorporate them in the talk!
online Leseklub: Siri Hustvedt - Keine Konkurrenz
Nearby Professions #14: Historian
As part of this series of talks, in which experts from related subject areas are invited to speak about their work, this time a historian will be our guest at the Kunstverein.
A new director for Kunstverein Langenhagen
We are pleased to welcome Sebastian Stein as the new director of the Kunstverein! Sebastian Stein will take up the position from June 2021 and is expected to present his exhibition program from autumn 2021 onwards. With his institutional and curatorial concept he convinced the jury and prevailed against 27 competitors. The jury consisted of the members of the board and the advisory board of the Kunstverein, supplemented by two external positions, namely Heinrich Dietz, director of Kunstverein Freiburg and Juliane Schickedanz, co-director, together with Anna Jehle, of Kunsthalle Osnabrück. Sebastian Stein succeeds Noor Mertens, who is moving to Kunstmuseum Bochum. She has headed the Kunstverein since 2017 and has received both local and international attention for her innovative program.
As the new director of the Kunstverein, Sebastian Stein would like to address the question of what an art institution can be in the crisis-ridden present at the beginning of the 21st century. “The programm could focus on joint research, self-questioning, self-insecurity and trips. The whole thing rather in a group mode. And of course the question of what role art and aesthetic practice could play in this - and which one rather not, is part of my focus." He will pursue the successful education program of the Kunstverein, which he has helped shape since 2019.
A long time ago, Sebastian Stein (* 1977) studied ethnology, sociology and French. After stays in France and Belgium, he lived for some time in Munich, where he was part of the Lothringer13_Laden committee. Since then he has mainly been active in self-organized contexts in the art field, e.g. as part of NO FUTURE complex and together with Stephan Janitzky as editor of the biannual magazine MUSS STERBEN. In 2015/2016 he was the artistic director of the M.1 of the Arthur Boskamp Foundation in Hohenlockstedt near Hamburg. Since 2017 he has been running the ruine HQ in Hanover as a self-appointed assistant. Sebastian Stein has been working freelance for the Kunstverein Langenhagen since 2019, where he is responsible for the conception and implementation of the educational program.
Online Reading Club: Catherine Poulain - Die Seefahrerin
With existing and new works by Salim Bayri, Aurelie Ferruel & Florentine Guedon, Viola Yeşiltaç, Julia Schmid, Beni Bischof, Hartmut El Kurdi and Objects from the city archive of Langenhagen.
Heimat is a constructed term with a -especially in germany- rather bitter connotation. In 2021 Kunstverein Langenhagen is going to transform into a museum of local history (german: Heimatmuseum). With this project the problems and possibilities, the nostalgia, the pain and the longing surrounding the concept of “homeland” are being displayed and confronted in a provocative and playful manner.
Something which is perceived as a rather old-fashioned institution is being transformed into a different and hopefully more relevant form. The temporary museum of local history is going to focus on the local, regional, and international meaning of the concept of heimat.