Exhibition: 29 May till 4 July 2009
Opening: Thursday, 28 May, 6–9 pm
The artist will be present at the opening.
The Swahili word safari («journey») entered English and German language during the colonial period and came to popular usage in reference to hunting and touring expeditions in East Africa. Today, the term often refers to a touristic trip taken not for the purposes of actual hunting, but to discover, observe and photograph as much big game and other wildlife as possible, thus, pursuing live and photographic impressions.
Uta Siebert’s installative show “Safari” is about wilderness and discoveries, too, in a figurative sense. In her drawings, emotional situations and confrontations with the unknown visualize the process of discovering. Based on film noir stills, eight drawings explore the still’s inherent structures. By dissolving them from their original context and through the drawing process, the character’s actions and ploys are relocated and taken ad absurdum.
The surrounding landscape, a seemingly impenetrable thicket of plant structures, reflects the persons’ mental conditions; confronted with the unknown and with themselves. Wilde animals and mystical figures embody symbolically the (lost) human instincts and act as unconscious allies, while the characters remain numbed and incapable of action.
A mural in the exhibition space connects the individual drawings: while the over-all scenario cannot be read linearly, a completely new and singular film noir is created.