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Galerie Marstall Ahrensburg, 06.11. – 11.12.2022

Curraint D´Ajer

28.05. – 10.06.2022
Fundaziun Nairs | Switzerland

Rituale der Gegenwart

27 08. – 05. 09. 2021
Künstlerhaus Sootbörn | Hamburg


26. 06. – 26. 07. 2020 | Galerie Herold | Bremen

I walk with Phantoms

31. 10. – 2. 11. 2019
Künstlerhaus Bethanien | Berlin

Forcierte Relikte

Haus am Lützowplatz, 01.07. – 24.08.2022

Above | Below | Within

13. 06. – 01. 07. 2020
Galerie Carolyn Heinz | Hamburg

Use of Geometry

watercolor series, 2019

Künstlerhaus Sootbörn Hamburg

Norbert Bauer & Ralf Tekaat · Monika Dorniak · Jérôme Chazeix ·
Matthew Cowan · Peter Freitag · Nina Maria Küchler ·
Isa Melsheimer · Christoph Wüstenhagen · Gloria Zein

[…] „In anthropology one uses habitually to speak of ‚rituals‘ when it comes to certain types of actions and the expression of belief in certain symbolic orders, without further asking whether the agent is aware of what he is doing, feels inwardly obliged.“ *

The ritual is an essential analytical term in sociology, anthropology and ethnology. In sociology, ritual is understood to be „links between symbols and symbolic gestures in constant and pre-structured chains of action“. The behaviors are to a large extent symbolically charged, formalized and standardized. In addition, their specific content is tied to specific communities or groups. Originally, ritual always meant a religious or magical act. It seems to be crucial that the main purpose of rituals is not based on their content dimension, but on their formal dimension. It is about “the symbolic representation, guarantee and maintenance of an ordered, socially constructed reality“.

The exhibition RITUALE DER GEGENWART at Künstlerhaus Sootbörn examines the relationship between the formal and content-related aspects of masking and ritual. The nine artistic positions approach the topic from different angles.

* quoted after Mary Douglas

„Use of Geometry“

October 2020