Waiting. Between Power and Possibility
– 18 June 2017
We are always waiting. At the supermarket checkout, for the lunch hour or at the bus stop. Waiting is an everyday phenomenon that applies to all of us regardless of our age. So how do we use our lifetime as we wait for a specific event? The large-scale exhibition “Waiting. Between Power and Possibility” approaches the question through the works of 23 contemporary artists.
(1/12) Philip Scheffner, Merle Kröger, Havarie, 2016, film still, pong Film
(2/12) Andrea Diefenbach, Olga, Sabrina, Carolina, 2008/2013, Aus der Serie Land ohne Eltern
(3/12) Jens Ullrich, 019 / Refugees In A State Apartment, 2015, courtesy Galerie Van Horn, Düsseldorf
(4/12) Paul Graham, Baby, DHSS Office, Birmingham, 1984, Beyond Caring series, courtesy carlier | gebauer
(5/12) Paul Graham, Waiting Room, Highgate DHSS, Beyond Caring series, courtesy carlier | gebauer
(6/12) Roman Ondak, Good Feelings in Good Times, 2003, Inszenierte Warteschlange, Performance, im ganzen Museum, courtesy Tate, London, purchased using funds provided by the 2004 Outset / Frieze Art Fair, fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2005, photo: Kay Riechers
(7/12) Tobias Zielony, Lee + Chunk, 2000, Car Park series, courtesy of KOW, Berlin
(8/12) Txema Salvans, The Waiting Game, 2014
(9/12) Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Erevan-Parakar, 2004, aus der Serie Bushaltestellen, Armenien
(10/12) Vajiko Chachkhiani, Life Track, 2014, film still, Videostill, courtesy of Daniel Marzona, Berlin
(11/12) Duane Hanson, Homeless Person, 1991, Sammlung Hannes von Gösseln, Berlin, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
(12/12) Elmgreen & Dragset, The Wait, 2013, courtesy of Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Kopenhagen, photo: Anders Sune Berg
If you think about it, given that it is a person’s social status, above all else, that can be read from how they wait, then the age-old adage “time is money” acquires a whole new meaning. Wealthy people can buy themselves shorter waiting times, whereas by contrast, refugees must often wait years for a decision about their asylum applications. Waiting rooms turn the act of waiting itself into a symbol of doing nothing and of boredom. However, if we seize waiting as a gift of lifetime that affords us room for creativity and deceleration, it can open up a whole new world for us. Among others, participating exhibitors include photographers such as Andrea Diefenbach, Paul Graham and Andreas Gursky. In addition, a website has been designed specifically for the exhibition, which serves as an online platform for photos, texts, films and information on the exhibition. Materials from artists, authors and representatives of different disciplines are also provided.
The exhibition is on display in Galerie der Gegenwart [Contemporary Gallery] of the Hamburger Kunsthalle and can be visited Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Information on admission fees is available online.