KAGAWINA And Other Experiments
05.12.2021 – 23.01.2022
Under the title “KAGAWINA and Other Experiments”, the Ludwig Museum presents the four scholarship holders of the Künstlerhaus Edenkoben in 2019 and 2020: Karimah Ashadu, Gabriele Engelhardt, Wiebke Elzel, Nandor Angstenberger. The Künstlerhaus Edenkoben, located in the southern Palatinate, is an institution of the Foundation for Art and Culture Rhineland-Palatinate and sees itself as a place where national and international authors and artists live and work for several months. The awarded scholarships are based on a selection process of the scientific advisory board of the Künstlerhaus and are a special award for exceptional artistic work. Every two years, the works of the last four fellows are presented to the public. Since 2019, the artists* have been exhibiting at the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, which in many cases refers to their artistic work as well as to their productive time in Edenkoben.
Karima Ashadu was born in London in 1985, where she studied at the renowned Chelsea College of Art and Design. The British-born, Nigerian artist, who specializes in the moving image and whose work also includes sculpture and performances, deals in her works with the relationship between global developments and human identity. She dedicates a large part of her work to the African continent, especially Nigeria, as well as “work” as an omnipresent subject. Karimah Ashadu’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Vienna Secession, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin and the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig. Karimah Ashadu has received several awards and grants, including the Hamburg Film Promotion Prize, the Fondazione “In Between Art Film and Time Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius. In 2020 she was the winner of the “Ars Viva Prize” and the “Contemporary art prize”, Rotary Club. Her work can be found in public collections such as the MoMA or the Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève. In 2020 Ashadu founded her film production company “Golddust by Ashadu”, which specializes in artist films on black culture and African themes. In 2021 she is an Abigail R. Cohen Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Paris. She lives and works alternately in Hamburg and Lagos.
At the center of Gabriele Engelhardt’s artistic engagement is the connection between two seemingly mutually exclusive artistic techniques: photography as a two-dimensional medium and sculpture as a three-dimensional medium. She is particularly interested in the technical process of modeling and the associated idea of a malleable material, which is decisive for both techniques. Her pictures are almost exclusively artistically staged fictions, and what appears as a spatiotemporally coherent photograph can be recognized as a montage of image fragments. Every single picture, which is presented as a mono perspective, is made up of countless individual photos from the most varied of perspectives. In terms of content, the main focus is on the issue of human intervention in nature.
Wiebke Elzel studied photography at the Leipzig School of Graphics and Book Art. From 2012 to 2018 she taught artistic photography at the Art Academy for Media in Cologne. Her artistic work is characterized by narrative elements. She mainly works with the media of photography and text. Wiebke Elzel’s works often deal with fundamental questions about the relationship between art, world events and the individual, and reflect this on the basis of their own reference system of collecting, research and new contextualization. Her current project revolves around a possibly fictional medieval artist whom she researched during her stay at the Künstlerhaus Edenkoben. Using the contradictory nature of the sources, information, legends, controversial facts and obvious fictions, Wiebke Elzel draws a network of interweaving various topics that touch on very contemporary issues.
Nándor Angstenberger, born 1970 in Novi Sad (Serbia), studied fine arts at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg from 1992 to 1999, among others with Bogomir Ecker. He has lived in Berlin since graduating with distinction and subsequently received several grants, such as the scholarship for the Worpswede Artists’ Houses (2007) or the Friedrichshafen City Art Prize (2003). Nándor Angstenberger is a world builder in the truest sense of the word. His fragile constructions made from thousands of tiny plastic parts, from styrofoam and cardboard, as well as his small-scale paper collages, create visionary contexts of living, living and landscape that describe an in-between world that can hardly be located between past and future, between retrospective quotations and free-floating utopia. His constructions are neither models for something nor models of something. Rather, they develop visual labyrinths that are difficult to describe from an abundance of found materials, which, even on closer inspection, still combine to form new imaginative worlds of stairs and corridors, rooms and views, balconies and scaffolding.
Künstlerhaus Edenkoben, Über die Weinberge Richtung Edenkoben, 15.4.2021 (c) Ludwig Museum, BR