Rain drips down the main hall of the workshop building. What could be evidence of a dilapidated and leaky building structure is part of Daria Nazarenko's latest work. In the context of Freestyle Culture, the artist has found the appropriate environment to engage in collaborative practice, strategies of integration and appropriation of social and built environments through the body. Her 3-channel video installation "the report - promise, you'll come!" (2022), now on view for the first time, is based on impressions from a research trip to the JAKARLO Festival in Dakar and the École des Sables - an international center for traditional and contemporary African dance in Senegal. Here, the artist creates a fictional narrative on three levels: a screen shows landscapes and places that cross-fade and are scanned by Lisa Jones, Nasrin Torabi and Daria Nazarenko in dance. Dialogue describes a dream experience.
The text is projected onto a mirror. Finally, a hologram fan shows close-ups from a Cypher dance session that included Nazarenko and her crew members. Here, the shape of the fan takes on the characteristic form of the spontaneously formed 'stage' - the circle between the participants of the session. In the coexistence of the various sound and image tracks, the setting thereby reproduces on a technical level the artistic exchange in the community, which after all - and Nazarenko makes this clear through rain and fog - does not need any specially built spaces for it and can just as well take place on the street. As part of the exhibition, she will perform the installation together with dancer Elisa Castagna.
Text by Lydia Korndörfer
SOLID WITH A CHANCE OF ÆROSCAPING as part of DC OPEN Curated by Anna Deilmann
The exhibition SOLID WITH A CHANCE OF ÆROSCAPING provides an insight into the work of Aurel Dahlgrün, Maxi Hoffmann, Tomas Kleiner and Daria Nazarenko as part of this year's DC Open. The artists are opening their studios in the rooms of the former Smart Centre in the north of Düsseldorf, which has been home to "Ando Future Studios" since the beginning of this year. The interim use project is already working on the implementation of key features of Tadao Ando's visionary urban design, which is to be realized here in the future.
As the title suggests, the leitmotif of the exhibition is the transition between states of aggregation - the process of constant change, which to a certain extent marks a state of suspension and thus describes both the concept of interim utilization and the current situation of mankind on this planet. The selected works repeatedly refer to the volatile elements of air and water, the existential basic materials for life on Earth.
In this sense, the jointly conceived installation "EN124 D400" (2022), for example, creates a site-specific water cycle that leads through the exhibition. The artificial rain from Daria Nazarenko's installation in the central workshop hall is channeled through the structural treatment of the floor and strips of sandbags into the drainage channels in front of the other artists' studios and exhibition spaces. The water collects, flows underground into the fresh water tank of the former car wash, and finally emerges from a gully in the outdoor area as a smoke sculpture, the registration number of which is the title of the work. The artistic revitalization of the site is thus already visible from a distance.
photos by Kai Werner Schmidt
performances at PACT ZOLLVEREIN,
K21 Düsseldorf and tanzhaus nrw
installations at Mazzoli Gallery,
Goethe Institut Italien Milano
Nails Project room Düsseldorf
Artistic research in collaboration with
MARUM German Research Association
Scolarships: Deutschlandstipendium 2022, DIS-TANZEN Solo 2023,
travel grant Kunstverein Düsseldorf Gonzalez-Foerster-Class