Franz Josefs Kai 3
Two conceptual and spatial constructions located in India form the starting point of the exhibition: the planned city of Chandigarh, built in the 1950s under the direction of Le Corbusier with a utopian, Western and modernist approach; and the Maha Kumbh Mela held every twelve years in Allahabad, with its 40 million pilgrims believed to be the largest human gathering in the world.
Nandita Raman and Kay Walkowiak have focused on different aspects of these real sites of utopian character in new works of sculpture, film and photography. They explore the topos of the failed utopia, likewise the phenomenon of unappeasable yearning for the place beyond all places. It concerns not least the question of transposing this non-place which, as place of potentiality, fuels our wish machines and keeps them running.
Curator: Cornelis van Almsick