Solo show, Galerie im Turm, Berlin, 2015
The exhibition IN BETWEEN IMAGES by Nina Torp ties the architectural history of Karl-Marx-Allee to her on-going interest in
investigating rituals of visual perception and heritage.
Researching, analysing and interpreting historical material, she examines how the Western hegemonic gaze creates and
communicates culture and memory. The starting point for her projects is often a cultural artefact, an art-historical subject or a
cultural phenomenon. She discusses the notion of a linear, uniform and regularly flowing time a key issue in her work is how the
past extends into the present, and how it is communicated and used through the discipline of history.
She finds an interest in how art history in its chronological form seems like a logical explanation of the past. Upon closer
examination however, it turns out that history too is largely based on coincidences, dreams and delusions of grandeur.
An important historical reference point for several recent projects is the excavation of Pompeii after 1740 an event that
manifested in certain cultural phenomena and influenced historiography and visual representations until today.
For her current exhibition at Galerie im Turm, Nina Torp explores how these concepts reflect even in the built environment of the
gallery itself, the historical urban complex of the Karl-Marx-Allee and Frankfurter Tor. Dating from the 1950ies, the former
Stalinallee displays the architectural ambitions as well as the Soviet influence that shaped the post-war rebuilding of East-German
cities. Its facades incorporate elements of antiquity and Renaissance architecture, and the socialist boulevard appears as a pastiche
of architectural history, a past flowing by as one walks down the spacious sidewalks from Frankfurter Tor to Strausberger Platz.
In Between Images events program:
Thu 07.05.2015 Lecture with Thomas Flierl (Hermann Henselmann Stiftung)
Tue 05.05.2015 Guided tour by Ticket B along Karl-Marx-Allee:
Galerie im Turm is located in a historical architectural complex along the Karl-Marx-Alle, featuring a monumental socialist style of
the 1950ies. The current programme for the Galerie im Turm unfolds over a period of two years and is centred around topical issues
such as historical and social space in connection to the context of the gallery itself, the present day representation of GDR history
as contested memory in the re-united city of Berlin. Beyond that, it features artistic and critical perspectives on contemporary
cultural and social questions, and seeks to foster collaboration, learning, and debate.
© Nina Torp / BONO 2015. All rights reserved.