Exhibition

Dilum Coppens Eppela - The Missing Piece

January 19—February 17, 2019
WerkStadt

Mit den medialen Bildern der syrischen Stadt Aleppo im Krieg verbindet der Künstler Dilum Coppens eine verstörende Distanz und das Gefühl von Unwirklichkeit - und beginnt genau an und mit diesen Bildern seine künstlerische Arbeit. Verschiedene Medien und Materialien werden verdichtet und transformiert - die Ausstellung zeigt Malerei und Videokunst - sodass die Bilder Aleppos in eine neue, abstrakte Ferne gerückt werden. In dieser blitzen sie jedoch immer wieder als Realität auf. Während die mediale Abbildung Aleppos die Stadt in eine mythische, paradox unnahbare Sphäre einkapselt, legt die künstlerische Bearbeitung von Coppens in der Fremdheit seiner Bilder die Unvorstellbarkeit des Krieges frei.

"I decided to translate my own feelings and thoughts of Aleppo into a visual work that tied in with the experiments I had previously done, and which correspond with my ideas. The idea was to translate the colours and forms of Aleppo into abstract impressions, making them into myth-like visions. Aleppo, for me, was a sort of myth, a distant and unknown territory that was inaccessible and which news’ related to it always had a question mark with it: was it true or just a fable? Instead of shelving the work, I decided to try and open it up to give it a “breaking point” in which the issue of Aleppo, which is dealt with so distantly, suddenly becomes closer. In this process, I ended up with a glitch-video of drone-footage of Aleppo, which is rendered almost unrecognisable and abstract, but yet retain some breaks where the reality breaks through the aestheticization." (Dilum Coppens)

WerkStadt Berlin e.V
Emser Strasse 124, Berlin, Germany

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