Exhibition Mine and Yours: Forms of Distinction

Detail from a two-page spread photo book © Felix Kindermann

Thu, 06/08/2023 -
Fri, 07/07/2023

Goethe-Institut New York

Felix Kindermann, 2023. Photography

Exhibition by Felix Kindermann

Our built environment is full of structures that both constrict and facilitate movement. From the architecture of public and private buildings, to city planning and subway systems, to national borders and jurisdictional limits, to the languages we speak and the ones we do not, imagined and real boundaries define and condition how we move in the world and how we interact within it. 

In this exhibition, Mine and Yours: Forms of Distinction, Felix Kindermann takes up the ubiquity of fences and their social function in New York City. Observing that many fences at residences and public spaces are too short to truly prevent a persistent visitor from crossing, Kindermann posits the fence as a structure of sociality. At once, they act as symbols of class and wealth, delimit and open the space between personal and private, and elucidates who belongs in a given space—and who does not. Fences keep out, but also let in.

Kindermann’s practice has long centered the relationships between people in response to their environments, with a particular focus on themes of togetherness and separation within communities. These works consider the interhuman encounter shaped by the structure of the fence and the notion of reciprocal actions. In this exhibition, Kindermann posits new photographic and installation artworks that negotiate the complex tension between the production and possession of these social boundaries.

Curated by Zachary B. Feldman.

Join us on June 8 at 6pm for an opening reception. We will also host an artist talk featuring a panel discussion with Felix Kindermann, TK Smith, and Zachary B. Feldman on June 14 at 6pm.

Felix Kindermann is a visual artist from Germany based in Brussels. Kindermann, who earned a Diploma in Industrial Design from HfbK (Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg) and an MFA from Sint-Lukas Brussels, is Visiting Professor of Mixed Media and Sculpture at Sint-Lucas Ghent. His work has been exhibited at Museum Ludwig and Simultanhalle, Cologne; KANAL- Centre Pompidou, Brussels; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; and Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton, among others. He is recipient of the fellowship of the Flemish Community in Belgium and currently Artist in Residence at ISCP, New York

EXTENDED HOURS for gallery viewing: Friday June 9 (12-6pm), Saturday June 10 (12-6pm), Sunday June 11 (12-6pm), Friday July 7 (10am-6pm). Please note that library services will not be available during these extended hours.