ART BASEL 2019 ART BASEL 2019
HALL 2.1, S16
With works by:
KAI ALTHOFF, KADER ATTIA, MARK DION, EGAN FRANTZ, ABDULNASSER GHAREM, SAYRE GOMEZ, MARTIN KIPPENBERGER, STEFAN MÜLLER, ALBERT OEHLEN, MARTHA ROSLER, DOMINIK SITTIG, GANG ZHAO, HEIMO ZOBERNIG
ABDULNASSER GHAREM – THE SAFE
Galerie Nagel Draxler is delighted to announce our participation at Art Basel Unlimited. In collaboration with Galerie Brigitte Schenk we will be showing the complex installation The Safe by Abdulnasser Gharem:
A sound-proof padded cell as to be found in psychiatric wards or goals for violent inmates will be erected to measure 4 x 6 x 4 meters. The walls are rubberised. This material corresponds to Gharem’s artistic procedure, in which rubber stamps are at once subjects of and material for his art, brimming with hidden messages arranged back-to-front as they would be on a stamp. Likewise, in the cell the contours of the Saudi Arabian flag can be made out. Inside the cell, we hear classical music playing softly. It is impossible to evade the sense of claustrophobic oppression, the distress and powerlessness, the malignity. With the pre-prepared stamps put at their disposal on the autopsy table, visitors, ushered in by guards at roughly one-minute intervals, can leave their ‘imprint’ on the wall provided for that purpose or inscribe a hand-written statement on it. The stamps are with terms originating from politics and historical epics of violence.