After a winter break, NuN is pleased to reopen its windows with the exhibition Uninhabited Room by Antonia Low.
In her recent exhibitions, Low has developed works which deal with the process of displacement. She does this, for example, by physically moving elements (for instance furniture from storage or staff areas) from one space into another, or by showing photographic documentation of hidden spaces in art institutions. By considering the utilitarian and off-piste areas of an institution to be as valuable as the exhibition space itself, especially those of the typical white cube or bijou spaces ubiquitous in the art world, Low highlights what has previously remained obscured and unconsidered.
The main work shown at NuN is a large cloth piece that was been originally conceived for Low’s solo exhibition at Kunstverein Braunschweig in 2014. The work is a photographic view of the sumptuous hall of the Kunstverein that was printed on cloth and placed into another exhibition space of the institution. The gesture, recalling the illusion of a trompe l’oeil painting, questions the authenticity of what an exhibition reveals to the public. The piece, when (dis)placed in the NuN gallery, further calls attention to its incongruity not only in geographical distance from its source material but also by its awkward and over-sized dimensions. Responding to the specific context of NuN, that is a room in residential space which is regularly emptied for public display of artworks, Low decided to leave objects that normally occupy the room. Present but inaccessible, the quotidian elements of the residential are suggested to remind to the viewers the reality beyond the display of artworks.
Antonia Low (1972, Liverpool, UK) lives and works in Berlin. She has recently had solo exhibitions at K21 Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, Kunstmuseum Bonn, and Kunstverein Braunschweig. Her works were shown in group exhibitions at Deutsche Haus, New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and FRAC Nord pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France.
Artist's website www.antonialow.com