THE WHITE MALE COMPLEX, No.1

 

Exhibition: November 4 - December 4, 2012Duchamp web
Opening hours: Thursday – Sunday, 4-8 p

Opening reception:
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 7 pm


Artists:
Thomas Eller, DETEXT, Adib Fricke, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Walter Robinson,
Felix Schneeweiss, Superman, Markus Voit, Clemens Wilhelm

SAVVY Contemporary
Richardstraße 43/44
12055 Berlin-Neukölln
www.savvy-contemporary.com

 

Our topic of interest is the white heterosexual man. There is nothing he didn’t achieve, there is nothing that he didn’t perpetrate – what more can be said about him? Although he reigns, he is not a topic for and by himself, but rather only for all the others he, more or less, controls. In a sense, the dis- course of freedom that could only emerge from the emancipatory changes in the wake of European enlightenment has today developed into a problem for the White male… or so it seems. So who, or maybe also, what is the White Male?

Since the mid 80s a highly contentious academic discussion has been forming around the discourse of Critical Whiteness Studies in which ultra-con- servative scientists have been debating “color coding” with similar arguments as Postcolonial Studies, but with com- pletely ulterior motives altogether. Skin color as social construct and its pressures imposed on the individual psyche. The label “Whiteness” simply does not lend itself for the construction of another “identity politics”. How should that work anyways? Fortunately, in Germany all the cultural political rearguard actions under the flag of “Leitkultur” (defining culture) have faltered. Thus a cultural order, that some aspire to, is simply not attain- able.

Today the young white heterosexual male is concerned with two problems: What does it take/mean to be a man and on top of that be white – in a culturally more and more particularized world in which “cultural heritage” has become symbolical capital for artistic production? Especially with young ar- tists there is a looming self-con- sciousness resulting from this cultural blind spot.

The exhibition attempts a topical anam- nesis of this uncertainty principle. The curatorial method confines itself to a symptomatic display verging on the borders of pathological or violent fan- tasies, yet not beyond. Much of the critical perspectives are owed to Klaus Theweleit, whose descriptions of the incomplete birth of manhood, body armors of all sorts and hallucinations of super heroes have provided a useful tool-set.

Finally, SAVVY Contemporary, as a lo- cation for the dialog between non- Western and Western art provides an environment and a chance to open this discourse in meaningful ways.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive, illustrative essay on this topic.


Curated by Thomas Eller

Press contact: Claudia Lamas Cornejo
contact@savvy-contemporary.com

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With the kind support of Sammlung Ivo Wessel, Berlin, thank you very much!

Superman

Superman
"Für den Mann der alles hat!", 1986
Inkjet auf Citylightposter, 100 x 107 cm

Walter Robinson

Walter Robinson
untitled (Penthouse), 2010, acrylic on paper
38 x 25,5 cm

 

Adib

Adib Fricke
Seven Ties, Version 1 with 7 suits buy Boss, silk screen on silk ties, 1991.

 

Felix Schneeweiss

Felix Schneeweiss
let me coach you 2010: 27 crowns, tar, plastic sack,
plumes, twine, 100 x 120 x 100 cm

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman
Walk with Contrapposto
1968, Black-and-white videotape, sound, 60 min

Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley
”Superman Recites Selections from 'The Bell Jar' and Other Works by Sylvia Plath,” 1999. Video, 7:19

Clemens Wilhelm

Clemens Wilhelm
READ ME
Chongqing (CN) 2011. Video Installation
Mandarin with English subtitles, 26 min/loop.

markus voigt

Markus Voigt
ohne Ttiel, 2005, C-Print, Plexigals: 42 x 29,7 cm /
glas with plastic blow up doll: 33 x 12 cm

THE

THE selbst (endgame) version 1, 2012
Foto auf Dibond,
50 x 90 cm