Sex, death and the female body’s capacity for renewal and transformation are among the themes that emerge from the paintings, drawings, photographs, and video installations of contemporary artist Janaina Tschäpe. This volume offers a compelling overview of Tschäpe’s full body of work which leaves the viewer feel as if they have been transported into a dream world of primeval landscapes, ambiguous signs and exotic vegetation.
Tidalectics is the first exhibition of the TBA21–Academy, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary’s itinerant site of cultural production and interdisciplinary research. Tidalectics presents an oceanic worldview, a different way of engaging with the oceans and the world we inhabit. Unbound by land-based modes of thinking and living, the exhibition casts oceanic perspectives on the cultural, political, and biological dimensions of the oceans. Taking its title from a play on words by the celebrated Barbadian poet-historian Kamau Braithwaite, Tidalectics seeks to comprehend our histories as trajectories tossed by waves, from ocean crossings to systems of exchange, myths, and microbial origins. The exhibition highlights processes of cultural adaptation and material change, presenting a rich framework for understanding the coalescing polarities of contemporaneity and history, science and poetics, routes and roots, and ourselves – mostly land-dwelling humans – with the oceans and their many and diverse inhabitants.
Curated by Stefanie Hessler
Artists: Atif Akin, Darren Almond, Julian Charrière, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Tue Greenfort, Ariel Guzik, Newell Harry, Alexander Lee, Eduardo Navarro, Sissel Tolaas, Janaina Tschäpe & David Gruber, Jana Winderen, Susanne M. Winterling