Whether they show overcrowded hospital wards with exhausted personnel in protective gear, or overloaded shopping carts and emptied grocery store shelves, the countless pictures that have accompanied this year impressively demonstrate the extent of the current pandemic and attempt to make tangible the incomprehensible. Situation 1 und andere (Situation 1 and Others) refrains from replaying these images or endeavoring to explain the current situation. And yet the artworks (created by 14 artists from the three-country region) in this group exhibition unambiguously speak of the confusion, insecurity, and anxiousness so present today, perhaps owing to the fact that the conditio humana has, quite simply, always been a basic material for creative work. And although the works are not afraid to reach into the darkness, their overall result is not entirely bleak, nor without humor or hope. Each line drawn to create distance makes all the clearer what holds us together, and calls upon us—individually and collectively—to decide which paths we want to take, including those that have not yet been taken.
With Mitchell Anderson, Fantine Andrès, Colin Barth and Jonas Huldi, Anna Diehl, Maya Hottarek and Julian Zehnder, Cyril Tyrone Hübscher, Julian-Jakob Kneer, Ambra Viviani, Isadora Vogt, Linus Weber and Marc Meier, Karla Zipfel
Curated by Elena Filipovic, Claudio Vogt, and Renate Wagner