Walid Sadek

On the labor of missing. 2011
Epoxy resin
ca. 125 x 125 x 90 cm
Label on the wall:
Caspar David Friedrich, Eismeer (1823/24)
In his sculpture Walid Sadek has rendered the absence of a work visible. Caspar David Friedrich's painting depicts towering arctic ice floes and a sailboat that has been capsized. Friedrich's work was received before the background of failed northern polar expeditions and the allegory of unfulfilled hopes - especially those of the Vormärz era (The time period leading up to the failed March 1848 revolution in the German Confederation. Ed. note). The Lebanese artist Sadek turns the catastrophic moment captured in Friedrich's painting into an allegory of the failure of the medium in recent history. The spectrum of images in the mass media expends itself in a furious sequence of post-catastrophic scenarios. Yet these images cannot adequately capture the loss that goes along with catastrophe. Sadek has sought out a painting that was able to do this and lends the work presence by means of the negative form. (From the short guide)

 

© Photo: Haupt & Binder

Seeing is believing

Works that serve to oppose media images by means of other images. Group exhibition at KW Berlin, curated by Susanne Pfeffer.

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