Renée Green and Understudies

KW Institute for Contemporary Art , Berlin, Germany
23 Oct 2021 - 09 Jan 2022

Image: Renée Green, Sites of Genealogy: Loophole of Retreat, installation view, PS1 Museum, New York 1990. Courtesy Free Agent Media; Bortolami Gallery, New York; Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin; Photo: Tom Warren

Since the late 1980s, Renée Green’s multifaceted practice has imagined and expanded the ways in which art can surface and give form to underwritten histories, collective memory, and circuits of cultural exchange.

Her writing, installations, films, digital media, and sound works continue to trace and interrogate the power of cultural institutions and their relationships with language, knowledge, and constitutions of selfhood, while at the same time indicating other ways of being and becoming.

Green’s work came to prominence and circulated within the social and political flows between the world and the Americas, a concept that includes the United States, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Her work continues to investigate the distribution and relay of art and ideas, and how these are braided with histories of migration and legacies of displacement, and the aesthetic forms and poetics that stem from these.

Inevitable Distances, a comprehensive survey of Renée Green’s practice from the early 1980s until now, is simultaneously taking place at daadgalerie and KW Institute for Contemporary Art. In one of the largest exhibitions of her work since 2010, Inevitable Distances presents recent productions in conversation with some of Green’s earliest and rarely exhibited works. Indicating the encounters and distances travelled in a life’s journey, the exhibition puts her artistic production into a speculative and, at times, fictional constellation.

Curator: Mason Leaver-Yap
Assistant Curators: Kathrin Bentele, Sofie Krogh Christensee




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