12 June 2020

EKKM is almost back

EKKM is almost back
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EKKM is almost back. The first exhibition of the ’20 season – Jevgeni Zolotko’s and Uwe Schloens’s Hier Nicht – will be ready today, 12 June. The opening date is yet to be confirmed.


The situation We are closed, which began in December 2019, is almost over. A new 6-month lease agreement for our venue was signed in March, allowing us to deal with issues concerning the safety of the building and with the necessary repairs. These works have by now been finalised. Nevertheless, due to a recent obligation to change the building’s legal purpose-of-use, which is currently in process, we are not able to open the exhibition for the public. The opening date will be announced as soon as it can be set.


Jevgeni Zolotko’s and Uwe Schloen’s Hier Nicht (tr. not here), is anything but a typical duo-show. It incorporates their earlier pieces, some new renditions, along with works developed specifically for the occasion – including also a new video-work contributed by Salme Dutt and Aphra Tesla.


The starting point for the exhibition, both conceptually as well as spatially, is Zolotko’s installation A Day in the Life of a National Archive Worker, initially produced at EKKM for the first Köler Prize in 2011. This gives reason to consider the exhibition as a whole through figurative universals, such as ‘the little man’ and ‘the grand refusal’. The exhibition lends it title from an earlier body of work by Schloen, and even though associations with daily politics or various social circumstances can be drawn easily, Hier Nicht, as an exhibition, has grown out of something more deeply rooted – from, for example, the grand refusal of the little man.


The exhibition at EKKM runs until 2 August. We are currently also in negotiations for a longer lease, which would allow EKKM to continue its public activities at least until 2022. We would again like to thank all the people and institutions who have encouraged, helped and supported us. We also send our warmest greetings to Uwe Schloen in Bremen, who was unfortunately not able to join us here for this special occasion.