25 July – 29 August 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Preview: Saturday 25 July, 12–7 pm
‘In the meantime, water had begun to dry up, a huge salt marshland had appeared. Last melted snow dried and froze into the first salt. The white in the horizon kept coming back again and again. The wide spreading line in the horizon that separates ground from the sky is the last hope of our senses. After walking a few kilometres in the salted barren land, the midday sky began to reflect on the ground and ground reflected it back to the sky again. This exchange went on again and again until the line in the horizon disappeared.
One falls unconscious, only to be rescued in the Rann by villagers who live nearby or border security forces who were patrolling the border area. When they asked the unconscious person: Where is he coming from and where is he going? He uttered: “He is coming from point ‘A’ going to point ‘B’. Back in the village there are rumours about a terrorist in the Raan, who can say anything like a mad person”.’
‘Crust’, Goutam Ghosh’s first exhibition at Tanya Leighton, brings together a body of work that was inspired by the artist’s recent trips to the salt marshes of the Rann of Kutch, in India. In his paintings, sculptures and films, Ghosh synthesises ways in which humanity understands the world — through geology, myth and systems of measurement. His poetic approach does not seek answers, so much as provide a space for further reflection.
11 – 13 September 2020
Gallery Weekend Berlin
Christine Roland and Kara Hamilton
At Kurfürstenstraße 156
Preview: Friday 30 October 2020
Site-specific installation at Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington, Seattle
11 June 2020 – 7 February 2021
Suzanne Hudson, World of Art: Contemporary Painting, Thames & Hudson
Olomouc Triennale 2020: The Universal, curated by Gina Renotière
Diversity United. Contemporary European Art
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
11 November 2020 – 21 February 2021
Undo Things Done Exhibition Tour
Senedd, National Assembly for Wales
26 July – 9 September 2020
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Barbican Centre, London; Luma Foundation, Arles, and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, established in 2008, is dedicated to developing a cross-disciplinary, trans-generational gallery programme with off-site projects, in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators. Its international exhibition programme reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, performance, minimal and conceptual art.
Director: Simon Gowing
Director: Patrick Armstrong
Gallery Manager: Melanie Isabel García
Finance Manager: Stefan Schuster
Tanya Leighton GmbH
Kurfürstenstraße 156 & 24/25
Open Tuesday – Saturday
11am – 6pm and by appointment
It's Not Lame... It's Lamé
14 March – 18 April 2015, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
It’s not lame...it’s Lamé is the first solo exhibition in Berlin by artist Jimmy Robert. Born in Guadeloupe, Robert was raised and educated in Europe in the 1990s – an era in which questions of citizenship and representation were hotly contested. Rather than creating conspicuously political artworks, Robert takes his cues from cultural figures of the recent past-avant-garde writers, filmmakers, visual artists – who were not only pioneers in their respective art forms but also deft at subtly registering the traumas and effects of their social conditions. Robert’s concern for the body – both personal and political – in addition to his interest in the poetic potential of ephemeral materials unites much of his work, which ranges in media from photography, film, and video to sculpture and collaborative performance.
Robert typically uses photographic portraiture as a starting point for his works on paper, gently breaking down divisions between two and three dimensions, image and object. In some cases Robert uses found photographs that he tears, collages, tapes, and crumples before digitally scanning them and pinning them to the wall. In other cases, Robert takes new photographs in his studio and crams them into wooden boxes or arranges them on the gallery floor. Extending into the space of the gallery, these works create a relationship to the viewer’s body while underscoring a sense of impermanence. Likewise, Robert’s sculptures are either made from wood-based materials or give the illusion of paper forms and often play with notions of value and durability.
Integrated within his photographic and sculpture practice, performance remains an integral part of Robert’s work. The installation Reprise, for example, demonstrates how objects can also be performative. The work references Canadian artist Jeff Wall’s photograph A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 1993, which captures five figures physically responding to a strong wind. The composition in Wall’s work is a recreation of Japanese painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai’s (1760-1849) woodcut Ejiri in Suruga Province (Sunshū Ejiri), 1830-33. The theatricality in the movement of the figures in both works acts as a point of departure for Robert’s Reprise. His dance and performance works value gesture and chance over elaborate choreography, referring to Fluxus artists such as Yoko Ono and Yvonne Rainer of the Judson Dance Theater. To recreate Metallica for this exhibition, Robert has collaborated with dancer Juan Corres Benito, who is trained in the Forsythe technique; the live performance will occur three times during the course of the preview at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm.