OF WHO YOU ARE,
OF WHAT THE OTHER SIDE
HAS DONE TO YOU
In a series of moving, silent, black-and-white images, Ingeborg Lüscher presents us with the faces of her interviewees. The work deliberately removes itself from the historical and political backdrop and allows the viewer to pause and reflect on the very private nature of death.
"The act of contemplation is silent and eminently eloquent. Now and then you get flickers of quiet gestures, a twitch of the mouth, a nod, which indicate how much speech is hidden in speechlessness. It is these faces, the rhythmic appearance and disappearance of expression that tell the story." (Hans-Joachim Müller)
ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, 2011
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2012-13
Situation Kunst (for Max Imdahl) Ruhr University, Bochum, 2013
Lüscher displays a playful engagement with the metaphysical in the video piece La Pupa Proibita. “La Pupa”, a tremendous female figure from Abbruzzo folklore, becomes the embodiment of what is desired from life.
In 2014, Campagne Première presented Ingeborg Lüscher's most recent photographs 300 Million Years alongside the 2006 video work Frozen River - who killed Jerusalem. The video, with its insurgent soundtrack of the great outdoors, also reveals how an inconspicuous recording of Nature can be charged with meaning.
9000 pieces of soap; aluminium rails, neon tubes, painted foor, overall construction covered by fiberboard; upper parts of plexi glass painted with resin, ceiling covered with transparent cloth
internal dimensions 360 x 400 x 400 cm
external dimensions 400 x 560 x 560 cm
Ingeborg Lüscher, Das Bernsteinzimmer, 2004, published on the occasion of the exhibition "Verzauberung auf Zeit" ("Temporary Enchantment"), Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Wattens, Austria, March 2004 until January 2006.
Kunstmuseum Wiesbaden, Germany
Kunstraum Kraft, Basel, Switzerland
An evening in a Beijing bar - a bunch of artists, painters and dancers are playing a game similar to the European "stone-scissors-paper". But the Chinese version is more complex. Depending on the result (equal, won or lost) the players accompany their gestures with symbolic kisses or slaps to their opponents faces with dazzling speed. The turmoil is increasing until it explodes in roaring ecstatic laughter to again loose intensity and sag. Then a new couple restarts the game.
28 b/w photographs on painted cardboard, framed
each 29.5 x 37.5 cm, overall dimensions 285 x 430 cm
exhibition view "Transformations - Ingeborg Lüscher, Ana Mendieta, Teresa Murak", Campagne Première Berlin, 2014
The photoseries "How I Begin to See the World, or: I Know the Meaning and the Words, Only the Things Are Above Me" is arranged as a pyramid and shows the way a child perceives its environment. The proportions suggest how the child is unable to grasp the size and scope of the world around them.
The work has been first shown at the 39. Biennale in Venice 1980 and is reproduced in the catalogue of the Biennale on p. 57.
Kunstmuseum Solothurn (1982)
Kunsthaus Zürich (1991)
Museo Nacional Reina Sofía Madrid (1992)
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (1992)
Museum Wiesbaden (1993)
Kunsthaus Aarau (1996)
Museo di arte moderna MaRT, Rovereto (2004)
Mahogany, glass, stones, sand, velours, paper, cardboard, metal
12 showcases 10 x 71.5 x 53.5 cm
5 showcases 10 x 58 x 43.5 cm
4 showcases 10 x 44.5 x 43 cm
1 showcase 10 x 17.5 x 14 cm
overall dimensions 120 x 700 x 200 cm