Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair | Double Bind


Opening: on 28 September, 2016, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Opening speech by: Katalin Timár, art historian and curator
On view until: 25 November, 2016, from Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Ani Molnár Gallery: 22, Bródy Sándor street, Budapest, 1088

Press release:
We are pleased to announce Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair’s first solo show at the Ani Molnár Gallery entitled Double Bind. At the exhibition Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair is continuing her investigations of spatial-representational constellations in her current exhibition entitled Double Bind. As in her previous works, she is interested in the systematic combination of different, sometimes similar, sometimes contrary elements and these are taking on a new level of significance through their close surroundings. The forms and objects, which the artist is dealing with, refer to a broader context and emphasize a connection between knowledge and seeing. The title of the exhibition is taken from the field of psychology: the term Double Bind means discrepancy in communication, when two concurrent messages are contradicting each other. Applied to Ekaterina’s artistic practice this approach could be considered not as a cause of confusion, but more as a conscious strategy.

The exhibition consists of a miniature statue modelled after ‘The Motherland Calls’ from Volgograd, which is placed in the centre of the installation, surrounded by 12 angular sculptures and a video work, all placed together for creating, not only a constellation within the space, but a mental map as well. In the video a young girl can be seen, in still, who only in every fifth minutes makes a statement in Russian: ‘It’s great that we have people like this and, you know, somehow you start to feel a sense of pride, a kind of hope that not all is lost.’ Shapiro-Obermair recorded her after a concert of the veteran’s of the WWII. Nonetheless these elderly people are not real veterans of the war, they only act as so. Recalling on the various aspects of propaganda, it resonates with the practice of theatre or rituals. The video itself is part of an ongoing collaborative interdisciplinary work between Shapiro-Obermair and the historian Alexandra Wachter; a research portraying the representation of the events of WWII in the matter of monuments and museums of Lviv, a city in West-Ukraine.

Shapiro-Obermair keeps it in mind that the act of building and placing can be an action which bears secondary connotations, therefore free to interpretation and modification. Creating spatial collerations, where the significance of the one is up to the context of the other, she easily reinvents the essence of the opposite, the similar and the different. Catching these symbols in the time of change of their meaning, we are able to see the fragile structure of how a visual construction becomes theoretical.

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