Gegenwarten | Presences
Kunst Stadt Chemnitz
For the first time, Chemnitz will be the scene of an international public art project in summer 2020. Twenty renowned artists and collectives are invited to engage with the city, its history and society, and to develop site-specific works – interventions and sculp-tures, installations and performances – in public spaces.
Based on the observation that there are many presences – whose different perspectives and themes are negotiated in private spaces, such as the family or circle of friends, but above all also in public spaces – the exhibition project deals with the specific social, political, and urban issues of the City of Chemnitz.
Art in public spaces can contribute towards finding hidden qualities, showing commonalities, linking these synergistically and thus tell both forgotten and new identities and stories. Furthermore, art is particularly capable of making these visible and tangible and of showing a city’s inhabitants alternative presences.
The exhibition project is curated by Florian Matzner and Sarah Sigmund and organised by the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz. It is an important contribution to the application for the title of European Capital of Culture 2025.
Participating Artists and Collectives
atelier le balto, Nadja Buttendorf, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Else Gabriel, Shilpa Gupta, Patricia Kaersenhout, Klub Solitaer e. V., Mischa Kuball, Philip Metz, Henrike Naumann, Olaf Nicolai, Observatorium, Ooze Architects & Marjetica Potrč, Lydia Ourahmane, Peng! Collective, Roman Signer, Weltecho, Anna Witt, Tobias Zielony, ZONA D (Eliza Goldox & Sandy Becker, together with: Tita Salina & Irwan Ahmett, Franziska Gerth, Rodrigo Andreolli & Gian Spina, Trakal, Samuel Georgy, Areej Huniti, Anna Zett, Ki Hyun Park, Noor Abed, Felipe Steinberg, Beatrice Schuett Moumdjian, Jafar Al Jabi, Julia Kiehlmann, Yvonne Buchheim, Omnia Sabry)
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation