Giovanni Carmine on the work of Christoph Büchel | Sunday 17 March 2019 - 2 pm

‘Verlust der Mitte. Curated by Christoph Büchel’, S.M.A.K. The Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium, 2017 Photo: Dirk Pauwel
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‘Verlust der Mitte. Curated by Christoph Büchel’, S.M.A.K. The Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium, 2017 Photo: Dirk Pauwel

Christoph Büchel’s (b. 1966, Basel) participation in TRACK (2012) was a prelude to his solo exhibition From the Collection | Verlust der Mitte (2017), for which the artist constructed an overwhelming installation that put the Kingdom of Belgium, its colonial past and its post-colonial present under the microscope.

Christoph Büchel produces politically motivated videos, interventions and life-sized installations. He translates global questions such as social inequality, political injustice, bourgeois hypocrisy and religious conservatism into razor-sharp projects. His bold approach sometimes leads to the disappearance of the core function of museums – to exhibit – in favour of the creation of an alternative, fully functioning unit. His projects do not alleviate or remedy things but do ask pertinent questions.

Giovanni Carmine has been director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen since 2007. In 2011 he was artistic coordinator of ILLUMInations, the 54th edition of the Biennale di Venezia and co-editor of the catalogue and in 2013 he curated the Swiss Pavillion at the same biennial. He has organised several projects with Christoph Büchel and co-edited the publications PSYOP Post 9/11 Leaflets and CEAU. His lecture explores the practice and position of Christoph Büchel as an artist.

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  • Sunday 17 March 2019 - 2 pm
  • English

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