Tarek Lakhrissi at Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE

March 3, 2022
Tarek Lakhrissi at Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE

Tarek Lakhrissi exhibits in 'Echos' at Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE, running from 3 - 13 March 2022.

Lakhrissi presents his film 'Spiraling' - spelt with one L - produced during May 2021 with Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE in collaboration with Shedhalle, Zürich, CH. The video features queer activist pole dancer Mila Furie performing a routine on a pole in which the spiral is a regular action set in the middle of the authoritarian architecture of one of Haus der Kunst’s galleries. Lakhrissi considers the spiral to be a positive and meditative movement that enables someone to twist and adapt to a situation in which someone feels lost, weary or uncomfortable socially. In a recent interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, the artist stated that the "video is about a close friend performing inside the museum, addressing the spiral as a poetic movement in relation to pole dancing". The shape and form of the movement can be seen in prior works of the artist, most notably his installation series Unfinished Sentence I and II (2019 & 2020). The film is inspired by Felix Gonzales Torres’ work "Untitled" (Go-Go Dancing Platform) (1991), in which a performer dances with headphones to inaudible music on a lit-up platform that is empty except for short moments of a day when the dancer appears. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Spiraling is not only a homage, but a continued reinvocation of poetic space that Torres captured in the work. 

"In the first exhibition of a new series of live performances and time-based media, Echoes brings together the artistic practices of Ain Bailey, William Basinski, Hylozoic/Desires (Himali Singh Soin & David Soin Tappeser), Lamin Fofana, Onyeka Igwe, Lafawndah & Friends, Tarek Lakhrissi, Abdullah Miniawy, Christelle Oyiri and caner teker to respond to cultural forms of amnesia caused by persisting imperialist politics and violent histories of displacement. Inspired by historical sources, ancestral rites and mythology, the artists create fictionalised archives linked to their own concepts of identity. Non-linear storytelling, sound and movement are used to rewrite past and present against dominant narratives, conceptualising memory as a bodily condition and reflecting on the de-synchronization of time. The exhibition programme of screenings, artist talks and performances will unfold over the course of ten days at different times, where no one day of the exhibition will be like the other."

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