KBF hosts Open Studio on notions of space and movement

Exhibition by German artist is product of Pepper House Residency programme


Kochi, May 21: The exploration of the unknowns of physical space and probing the potential for movement and displacement inform Anja Kempe’s art. In Kochi’s dynamic environs, its architectural changes and tensions, the German installation artist found no dearth of inspiration.

Over her six-week sojourn in the city under the Pepper House Residency programme hosted by the Kochi Biennale Foundation, Kempe staged photographic interventions in its nooks and warrens to explore the notions and perceptions of space and its occupation.  

The threads of her work came together at an Open Studio at Pepper House, Fort Kochi on Saturday. Her project, titled ‘Inner Grid’, features the photographic corpus situated around a structure built from local materials like bamboo and wood.

“What kind of inner grid do we bring to understand a space and how can an artwork shift this grid?” Kempe asked, during an accompanying talk on her project and practice.

The installation is in keeping with the site-specificity that marks Kempe’s oeuvre: It is an architectural extension that seeks to alloy fiction to her milieu’s existing spatial conditions, its interactions with its people in order to provide expansive choreographies for the viewer.

“My works concentrate simultaneously on both genders,” said Kempe, whose work situates the dichotomy of male-female interactions within the frameworks of movement and memory. “This is an examination of both the individual memory of the body and the collective memory of movements.” 

The Pepper House Residency programme, run in collaboration with HCL, Pepper House, Goethe Institute, and Malabar Escapes between editions of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, is an international residency opportunity for artists from all disciplines to work, engage and collaborate.

Kempe, based in Dresden, has exhibited internationally in group shows and solo exhibitions including at z33, Hasselt; Ars Electronica Campus, Linz; Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; Museum Schloss Moyland; Halle14 Leipzig; NGBK Berlin; Young Artist Project, Daegu and ISCP New York.

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