03.03.10 – 06.04.10
Including works by Haris Epaminonda, Marius Engh, Vlatka Horvat, Charlotte Moth, Kristina Lee Podesva, Lisa Tan, Oraib Toukan and Lucy Raven.
In Farsi, کوشک (pronounced kušk), refers to an object that protects or is a shade maker. The kiosk has a history in the Middle East that spans over seven centuries. A word that was originally used to designate a place in the shade, or in the case of the Turkish kösk, a summer residence for the wealthy, has changed over time to encompass not only shaded vendors and newspaper stands, but also parking-lot ticket dispensers and photo printing machines.
Golden Parachutes is pleased to present Kiosk, a project organized by the American artist David Horvitz, and featuring Haris Epaminonda, Oraib Toukan, Marius Engh, Vlatka Horvat, Kristina Lee Podesva, Charlotte Moth, Lisa Tan, and Lucy Raven.
As a physical space, the non-electronic kiosk functions as a quasi-outpost in both urban and non-urban spaces. Both inside and outside at once (kiosks are usually makeshift structures and seldom proper buildings), the kiosk offers shade to the vendor, as well as possibilities for sustenance and communication for the passerby. While a ticket machine is not a shade maker, a photo kiosk returns to the etymological origins. Using a camera, a literal box of darkness (coming from camera obscura, darkened chamber), as a way of producing images, the photo-kiosk becomes a reproducer of images-literally from the shadows.
Twenty-four 13 x 18 cm prints will be exhibited at Golden Parachutes. These photographs, printed from a photo-kiosk at the German drugstore, Rossmann, will be available for open reproduction at the cost of printing (unless shoplifted by the visitor). Upon request, visitors from the gallery will receive the twenty-four image files, and can walk to the nearest Rossmann 0,8 km away to reproduce the exhibition. The image files will also be available to download from Golden Parachutes’ website for those not in Berlin. The photographs, dispersed from Golden Parachutes, will become a kind of “traveling show” through diffusive reproduction.
Horvitz has assembled a group of international artists whose practices explore various ideas of travel. Lisa Tan’s photographs were all shot in foreign cities, while Kristina Lee Podesva’s focuses on the global nature of contemporary North American life. A trip to Japan is the source of Lucy Raven’s photographs. For Oraib Toukan a juxtaposition on political art tourism: a man photographing the Apartheid Wall in Palestine, all within the frame of her own photograph. These images then, make their own “travel,” through open reproduction and distribution via consumer available technology.
A supplementary reader will accompany the exhibition that will include texts chosen by the artists. Included will be John Berger, Joan Didion, Homi K. Bhabha, Werner Herzog, Italo Calvino, George Bataille, among others. This will also be available as a PDF download.
The image files and PDF reader will be available to download March 3, to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. If you wish to purchase a set of Rossmann prints from the gallery at 20 Euros, contact:email@example.com. Any profit made from the purchasing of these prints will be donated to the Amache Preservation Society, a high school run organization preserving the site of the Amache Camp for Japanese Americans, where Horvitz’s grandmother was interned during the Second World War.
David Horvitz was born in Los Angeles in 1982, and currently resides in New York City. He has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, most recently with Light and Wire (Los Angeles), Sign (Gronigen), and Brown Gallery (London). A flip-book ofHorvitz’s Rarely Seen Bas Jan Ader Filmwas published by 2nd Cannons. With Mylinh Trieu Nguyen, David hosts collaborative projects under the auspices of ASDF, including A Wikipedia Reader, commissioned for the 2009 New York Art Book Fair, and For a Brief Time Only…, an exhibition of 24 artists distributed through drug-stores world-wide, which was the foundation for Kiosk.
For further information about the exhibition or to order a set of prints, please contact Jesi Khadivi:firstname.lastname@example.org or + 49 (0) 30 86 45 22 22.