Alke Brinkmann ‚Desastres’
In the exhibition „Desastres“ the Gallery Parrotta is showing the paintings of Alke Brinkmann, who was born in 1967 in Saarbrücken: Portraits of deceased and seascapes. The portraits of the dead are based on photographic source material which the artist has taken from the bulk storage of the world of media. For example the people shown in the portraits are the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York. On one hand, these paintings occupy the original of photography – the depicted has existed and is never pure imagination. On the other hand, at the same time the portraits express in their washed-out and strongly abstracting painting manner the insurmountable differences between incident and memory. The portraits do not show any countenances, they are isolated from their sources and threads of narration and thus deny individual memory. In gestures of emptying and charging Alke Brinkmann suggests traces of desasters, that are continuing to have an effect, in a general forgetting. This way, her portraits sink into a collective’s vague memory. In this exhibition the small-sized portraits of the dead are brought into contact with very large seascapes. Above calm, almost static waters dynamic stormy clouds tower up in which the junction of the sky and the sea becomes a suggestive seascape. The sea as an imaginary replacement for capaciousness, endlessness and indefiniteness unites with the imagery of the memory stream. In its abyss it holds all those horrors and treasures that - just like objects of our memory – want to be recovered, interpreted and visualized again and again anew.