19 | 10 | 2019 — 06 | 01 | 2020
As its fourth exhibition of 2019 Kunsthaus Bregenz is showing the German artist Raphaela Vogel instead of Zoe Leonard as previously planned. In Raphaela Vogel (*1988, Nürnberg) Kunsthaus Bregenz is presenting, from October 19, 2019, until January 6, 2020, one of the youngest artists in the history of KUB.
Raphaela Vogel’s work addresses the (male) gaze. “I control the drone — a man’s toy — and the way it films me,” she has said in an interview. Vogel tests the limits of the tolerable. Her art is shrill and rich in contrasts, its imagery reflected as if in a kaleidoscope. Large-scale sculptures are located within spatially expansive video and sound installations. The space itself is always an essential element in her art.
Raphaela Vogel generates links between sculpture and video, space and the readymade. Her art exists in a physically palpable tension and in a richly contrasting interplay between imagination and scale. Powerful and energetic spaces evolve, bringing into focus issues pertaining to human, especially female, subjectivity. Kunsthaus Bregenz, with its tranquil industrial spaces, is not only suitable for such spatially expansive sculpture, its scale alone provides the very best scenario for Vogel's experiments.
As part of the exhibition, a film by the German feminist and activist Helke Sander (*1937) is being screened. The approximately ten-minute, black-and-white film shows a young woman climbing a construction crane in Hamburg with two small children. On the pamphlets that she throws down from the crane, she demands affordable housing for herself and the children. Sander shot the film Nr. 1 – Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste against the background of a true story. Helke Sander’s films are currently one focus of the Reptrospektive at the 69th Berlinale.
Raphaela Vogel (*1988, Nürnberg) studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg under Michael Hakimi and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main under Peter Fischli. Her solo exhibitions have included ones at Kunsthalle Basel (2018), Berlinische Galerie (2018), Volksbühne Berlin (2017), BQ Galerie, Berlin (2016), and at Bonner Kunstverein (2015). Works by Raphaela Vogel will be on display at Haus der Kunst in Munich until June 30, 2019. Raphaela Vogel lives and works in Berlin.