The work “Maria wärst Du hart geblieben, wär Weihnachten uns erspart geblieben" was exhibited in the context of the Regionale 17 show at Kunsthalle Palazzo Liestal (Switzerland).
The Regionale 17 opens its doors from the 24th of November 2016 to the 8th of January 2017. During this time, various exhibitions between Basel, Freiburg and Strasbourg promise visitors exciting insights into the art scene of the border triangle in the Upper Rhine region. The individual exhibitions are as varied as the orientations of the participating institutions. All genres are represented, from painting and drawing to video art and installations. The Regionale is an annual art exhibition that has been going for 17 years. It is put on display in various establishments throughout Switzerland, France and Germany. The Regionale is influenced predominantly by the concept of trinationality, hand-in-hand with the cross-border cooperation.
In June 2009 Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus - Denmark was launched, in association with the City of Aarhus and ARoS Aarhus Artmuseum, under the patronage of The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark. Today it is the biggest and most unique outdoor sculpture exhibition in Denmark. Along Aarhus scenic coast line sculptures are presented on the beach, the waterfront and in the forest.
As an artist-duo Vionnet & Sibum challenges their individual artistic areas, in order to jointly explore new ways and create works that play with our expectations of both form and content. For the 2015 exhibition they have, with a simple and invisible touch, in interaction with the surrounding nature, created a site-specific work, of water. Surprisingly, and seemingly at random, the work breaks the sea level.
This video work was shown in a former cowshed and barn (project space) in the context of the exhibition ,Aus gutem Grund‘ at widmertheodoridis gallery in Eschlikon (CH). The video shows a straw storage on a Swiss farm. Some straws lightly move in the wind, combined with quite fire sounds.
Excerpt from the exhibition text:
[...] Concurrently with ,Aus gutem Grund‘ (For a Good Reason) a new show room in the adjacent building will be inaugurated. In the future the former cowshed and barn will highlight installations and video projections on two levels. Nicolas Vionnet starts off with a new installation, especially conceived for this exhibition space.
14 artists have been put together and curated in this second group show by Jordanis Theodoridis and Werner Widmer. Remus Grecu, Ruth Hommelsheim, Sebastian Herzau and Elisabeth Sonneck will be presented for the first time.
,Aus gutem Grund‘ responds to questions such as legitimation, firmness, claim to power and livelihood. The ground we live on harbours power and life force. On this ,solid’ ground we build our homes. Own land constitutes future rights and ownership that again legitimises at any time – upon reasonable grounds – power.
From the beginning of time soil was not considered only as livelihood but was also the origin of discord and disputes. On the one hand, soil ensured subsistence and on the other hand, it also enabled bartering. Owing lots of land gave power to put lots of weight into the balance and so affecting strategically future decisions. The conquest of land is till to date considered a secure mean to pursue political objectives. This legitimation is solely based on material possession and not on rationally comprehensive reasoning. The importance of ground and land is still apparent in metaphors such as ,on solid ground‘ and ,upon reasonable grounds‘.
Anyone who has ever gained power will try to retain it. Architectural symbols of a state of power such as pyramids or triumphal arches literally reinforce exactly this claim to power. However, not all of these monuments endure over time, one good example is the Palace of the Republic in east Berlin that has been gradually torn down after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The origin of the word ,ground‘ demonstrates the ephemeral character of power and hence human existence.
As stated in the Book of Moses, You are dust and to dust you will return. This material definition of our condition has been passed on and is firmly embedded in our language and culture. It is an essential part of our identity. ,Grund‘ (ground) can be etymologically traced down to the word ,Boden‘ (soil): the word in Old High German is ,grunt‘ (pulverised, milled). Which can still be observed in the English word ,grind‘ (see also ,ground‘). Literally meaning ,dust‘.
Looked at in this way, the human relation to earth and ground appears to be a constant attempt to withstand finitude and decay by durability and security. [...]
Text: Jordanis Theodoridis, Werner Widmer, August 2014