Exhibition holy terrain

holy terrain (c) Städelschule Frankfurt am Main

Fri, 12.11.2021 -
Sat, 18.12.2021

Return Gallery

An Exhibition by the Film Class of the Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule and Dublin based artists


Works by Rashiyah Elanga, Jordan/Martin Hell, Hemansingh Lutchmun, Maximiliano Siñani, Anishta Chooramun and Osaro Azams

Curated by Beulah Ezeugo

Thursday, 11 November 2021, 6pm

The serpent, the swan, the leaf, the knife, the water, the fire, the air, the wind. The voodoo, the prayer, the chant, the bush, the bison, the horse hair, the worker, the hood. The warrior, the weekend, the war, the waiter, the towel, the gator. The birthright & the blood. The profit & the sight. The tithes & the offerings. The sacrifices of all kinds. The eclipses which obscure the stars which fade the truths of the myths into strange realms of rhythm language. Speaking of speaking in tongues as children groomed for bastardized for-profit pulpits landing inland in the violences of borrowed hostel beds embossed in US. The hospitality of branding hospitals. This life of last-minute cancellations, reservations upon “Reservations”, & constant borders.
Life is not only cyclical but increasingly surveilled. Revelations warns of plagues, gossip & rumor, warns of women, warns of this the weightless inner space which invents in the midst of chaos. These life-ways are sacred to the histories & lands of which (we) are derived, this world of smoke & expense built on the vivisection of its myriad islands like so much ceviche.
“It’s all for the game, it’s all for the lovers trying to take their breath away”.

“holy terrain” is the third in a programme of exhibitions at the Goethe-Institut, Dublin entitled “The German School”. The series is an initiative of Professor Gerard Byrne and the Film Class at Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main and the Goethe-Institut Irland.

In this exhibition of sculptural works of mixed media, experimental painting & hybrid-net, Rashiyah Elanga, Jordan/Martin Hell, Hemansingh Lutchmun & Maximiliano Siñani declare (or don’t) customs of a collective imaginary, embodied by a kind of entangled metamorphosed non-western transcendentalist actualizing.

The four artists from Städelschule have joined with Dublin-based artists Anishta Chooramun and Osara Azams, and curator Beulah Ezeugo to make this collaborative exhibition of works that seek to explore their various practices in relation to the intersections within their histories.

The exhibition is accompanied by a zine and e-pub publication that encapsulates their collective speculative points of inquiry and animates their work as always fragment, always —part. These artists seek to mine & misremember an occult of how romantics can or can’t language— & how failed mechanics of subjectivity, objectivity, & reconstruction are a social vectoring of “our world-work”; a fugitive necro(narco)-politics of insurgency & inception.

Opening night will culminate in a launch of the zine and a musical trio performance by Osaro of Fried Plantains Collective, Karen Miano of Origins Eile, and Cami.There will be seating available during the performance. The exhibition takes place throught the entire buildding. Parts of the building are wheelchair accessible but, please note that due to the protected structure of the Georgian building, the gallery and library are not wheelchair accessible.

Osaro Azams
Osaro is a sexy, social Auntie who enjoys creating her award-winning music nights 'Black Jam' through her Fried Plantains Collective. Osaro loves to explore West African and Irish folkloric stories which she infuses into her personal poetry and art. She has collaborated with Museum of Literature Ireland to perform Doireann Ni Ghriofa's piece 'At Briget's Well' for St Brigid's Day as well as performing her own poems for the Franco-Irish Literary Festival and Cuirt International Festival of Literature 2021.

Anishta Chooramun
Anishta Chooramun’s work is informed by the diverse components that create contemporary society. She sees society as a jigsaw puzzle, which functions through co-existence and co-dependency. Anishta is curious about how humans affect each other, and how they conceptualise identity. She avoids overt representation of the human figure, and instead works with a combination of geometric and organic forms.

Rashiyah Elanga
Rashiyah Elanga (b. 1997) is a French artist of Congolese descent. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in Lyon and is currently finishing a Masters in Staedelschule. As the act of staying alive is a form of world building, Elanga sees her work as a space of realisation, a shortcut to the divine that allows her to momentarily escape from racial capitalism. Elanga works with video animation, sculpture and performance, and moves across chromatic dimensions.

Jordan/Martin Hell
Jordan/Martin Hell (he/him) is a Black trans (2Spirit) interdisciplinary artist & author of Psychosocialite & S.O.S.: Some Oscillations Suck! (Collected Poetic Rock Criticism with Translations in Morse Code). He is a recent graduate of the Städelschule (studying under Prof. Gerard Byrne & Monika Baer) and also studied at Cooper Union.

Hemansingh Lutchmun
Hemansingh Lutchmun is a Mauritian born artist who lives and works in Frankfurt Main, Germany. He has been working with time-based media and sculptural objects using materials such as sand, clay and salt. In his practice, he explores ideas of extraction of labour and resources and displacement in relation to commerce, migration and globalisation. He draws from mainstream symbolism and personal experience to explore ideas of memory, growth, decay and seductiveness.

Maximiliano Siñani Paredes
Maximiliano Siñani (Bolivia, 1989) lives and works in Frankfurt. He started his studies in Architecture at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz and finished his degree in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Siñani is the co-founder of 67 at Lower East Side, New York. He has been a part of all the Bolivian Biennials and his awards include the "Sylvia Lipson Allen Memorial" award through the School of Visual Arts. Siñani has been published by Disonare Magazine and Bukow Press, among others.

Beulah Ezeugo
Beulah Ezeugo is an Igbo curator, researcher, currently based in Glasgow. Her work centres on Black postcolonial dreaming using collective memory and myth. Her practice is informed by a Social Science background from University College Dublin and an MLitt in Curatorial Practice from Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow.

Gallery Opening Hours
Monday - Thursday      9:00am – 9:30pm
Friday                           9:00am – 5.00pm
Saturday                       9:00am – 3:00pm
Closed on Saturdays of Bank Holidays

No booking necessary, but proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required.

“The German School” is presented by the Goethe-Institut Irland in collaboration with the Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule.

Supported by Städelschule Portikus e.V.