MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
24 May ― 9 September 2018
Opening: 23 May 2018, 7pm
With the works of Cao Fei, Richard Mosse and Paulo Nazareth, the exhibition EXTREME. NOMADS focuses on different aspects of contemporary forms of nomadic existence and addresses the dissolution of boundaries in politics, economy, society, and culture. The artists from three continents are not only investigating the individual, social and political extremes that are a result of globalisation, but also their own artistic strategies prove to be expanding boundaries.
In her works, Cao Fei (*1978 CN) processes the profound social changes that occurred in her homeland China as a result of rapid economic growth and globalisation. Inspired by the US-American zombie films, the artist presents her work Haze and Fog. This is a fictional portrayal of a service-based society that is suffering from a loss of identity and transforms one of the newly built residential areas on the threshold of Beijing into a hoard of restless zombies.
Richard Mosse (*1980 IE/US) has developed a body of work that is both unabashedly aesthetic whilst simultaneously fraught with political and ethical implications. Throughout his work, Mosse subverts weaponized photographic technologies, using them to confront the viewer and refresh documentary forms. His recent works, Incoming and The Castle, are made in response to the mass migration crisis unfolding across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, the largest displacement of people since the Second World War. The film installation Incoming documents the journeys of refugees into Europe, while the photographic work The Castle documents the condition of the camps and staging sites in which they reside. Mosse has employed a military-grade thermographic surveillance camera that can detect human body heat from a distance of 30.3 km.
Paulo Nazareth (*1977 BR) declared walking as the starting point of his artistic approach. Taking his heritage as a Brazilian with Indigenous and African roots as a theme, he crosses entire countries and continents on foot. Nazareth's works tell a tale of his encounters and many experiences from his travels; of communication and resistance, of colonial history and the presence of globalism. They weave a web between individuals, communities and countries beyond their national borders.
Domstraße 10, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
€12, reduced €6
Guided tours: regular