Janice Kerbel, Kill the Workers, 2011
Installation view, Chisenhale Gallery London, 2011
Photo: Andy Keate
This summer, Badischer Kunstverein presents "Kill the Workers!", the first institutional solo exhibition of the Canadian artist Janice Kerbel in Germany. In parallel, the solo presentation "Forms of Contemplation, Ideal Forms in Compositions" of the Mexican artist Ana Roldán will be shown in the Atrium.
Janice Kerbel's exhibition at the Badischer Kunstverein centres around the work "Kill the Workers!" (2011), newly produced in cooperation with the Chisenhale Gallery, London. "Kill the Workers!" is a play that the artist has written solely for stage lights. There are no actors or stage sets; the dramaturgy and plot are staged solely through the various intensities, colours, light beams and directions of the stage lighting. This light installation is accompanied by other existing works by the artist, such as the poster series "Remarkable" (2007/2010) or the audio work "Ballgame" (2009).
Kerbel's works frequently take the form of plans or scripts. Although they refer to existing systems and structures of order, they alter them in such a way that new imaginary spaces emerge. Fictive narratives and cultural desires are mingled in Kerbel's projects with meticulous background research into political or social conditions of the imagined object.
The media that Kerbel uses range from book projects to drawings and prints, all the way to light and audio works.
Janice Kerbel (born 1969 in Toronto) lives and works in London.
"Kill the Workers!" is co-commissioned with Chisenhale Gallery, London.