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CHRISTINE KÖNIG GALERIE: G.R.A.M. | The Coup of the Blameless Men - 15 Nov 2016 to 23 Dec 2016

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15 Nov 2016 to 23 Dec 2016
Hours - Tue - Fri 10 am - 7 pm Sat 11 am - 4 pm
CHRISTINE KÖNIG GALERIE
Schleifmuehlgasse 1A
A-1040
Vienna
Austria
Europe
T: 43 1 585 74 74
F: 43 1 585 74 7424
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G.R.A.M. | The Coup of the Blameless Men, 2016


Artists in this exhibition: G.R.A.M.


G.R.A.M. | The Coup of the Blameless Men

Opening: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6 - 9 pm
through Dezember 23, 2016


>From the CONVERSATIONS series:
G.R.A.M. in conversation with Anton Holzer
Saturday, Dezember 10, 2016, 1 pm


Their expression is frozen, their faces serious. A disturbing group photo. A few days after the attempted coup in Turkey on 15/16 July 2016, the guilty were presented to public view. They are high-ranking military officers. Many other men also wear leisure clothes and not the uniforms in which they were arrested. Some of the men display clear signs of having been mistreated. "Der Coup der tadellosen Männer" ("The Coup of the Blameless Men") was the title one newspaper gave it. And the group of artists G.R.A.M. has seized upon just this enigmatic-dubious word order as the title for their latest presentation.

For years already, the group has concerned itself in its performative stagings with press photographs, which it subjects to a multi-layered artistic interrogation in the form of its reenactments. They create a pictorial world that seems to be familiar yet which nonetheless appears strange.

Political scenes are frequent, as they were already in their earlier works. The American Secretary of State John Kerry, for example, shows up: during a meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, or alone on the telephone, surrounded by bodyguards during the Iranian atomic negotiations in Vienna. Or Barack Obama, at home, within the circle of his family, barefoot, watching TV. Or at the traditional "family photo" for the heads of state: seconds before the shutter clicks, when posture, hairstyle and knot of tie must be quickly adjusted.

For the most recent presentation, the photographically reenacted scenes have been printed again on newspaper. These are - in addition to photos, posters and photographically printed wall hangings - to be viewed as exhibition pieces. In this manner the images create a loop from the newspaper back to the newspaper. What is clear: in this way the images are altered, but so is our perception of them. They do not fulfill the promise of attaining certainty through detailed contemplation.

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CHRISTINE KÖNIG GALERIE e.U.
Schleifmühlgasse 1A
A-1040 WIEN
t: +43 1 585 74 74
f: +43 1 585 74 74-24
email: office@christinekoeniggalerie.at
www.christinekoeniggalerie.com



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