Isabelle Wenzel ‘UNERNSTES UNTERFANGEN’ (solo exhibition)
Exhibition from 17 June to 29 July 2017
Opening on Saturday 17 June from 16.00 to 18.00
Isabelle Wenzel’s (b. 1982, Germany) photographs have a sculptural quality; her body becomes an object. Within the seconds that the self-timer allows her, she assumes an impossible position and continues to hold it until the camera has clicked. By making the photograph, she freezes a pose in time as it were, and in doing so draws attention to the sculptural qualities of the body. In order to achieve a certain image, the manoeuvres need to be carried out repeatedly. In this way, Wenzel does her own little experimental performance in front of the camera, which captures it for us in ‘frozen’ form as a photograph. In this solo exhibition we, the audience, are almost part of that performance. An installation consisting of numerous objects and attributes is taking over the gallery space. It seems like we stepped into Wenzel’s photograph.
“I created a set of objects in my studio. For several months I shifted them around, changed, multiplied or destroyed them. I described them by setting my own body in relation to these objects and these objects in relation to my body.
I stretched forward. Felt sensations of heaviness. Was overwhelmed by choice. Got lost. Stumbled. Failed. Started again. I’m a space in the landscape. A geological formation. A botanical shape. An island of isolation. A thinking body. Look at me in slow motion.
I wasted my time.
In repetitive rhythm I took my world, making it new, giving it back almost unchanged but it has been observed; by me and my camera.” (Isabelle Wenzel)