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No Matter How Bright the Light, the Crossing Occurs at Night

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
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No Matter How Bright the Light, the Crossing Occurs at Night

This collaboratively developed exhibition features works by Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Judith Hopf and Deborah Schamoni, and Ines Schaber, all addressing themselves to various aspects of the spectral. It is less a case of rendering specters visible than a question about the circumstances of disappearance and invisibility – in other words, the relationships brought forth by the specter, the withdrawal of the status of reality, and the conditions for transformation: the spectral destabilizes given relationships between real and unreal, present and absent. No Matter How Bright the Light, the Crossing Occures At Night is also an exhibition about the specters of art: the phantom power to represent all, mediation as conjuration and banishment, animated bodies, subjective prostheses, and the “impossible” necessity of a realism of the specter, a realism of absence.

Along with the exhibition will appear a 220-page book published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, with contributions and dialogues by and with Ines Schaber, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Stefan Pente, and Judith Hopf, as well as Avery F. Gordon, Anselm Franke, Nicolas Siepen, Sladja Blazan, Thomas Keenan, and Michael Taussig.

Curated by Anselm Franke.

The exhibition was made possible by the support of the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin.