DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM are pleased to exhibit Julian Charrière in a joint presentation with Sean Kelly at The Armory Show, Platform, 9–12 Sept 2021. Curated by Claudia Schmuckli, the section titled Can you hear the fault lines breathing? features works that speak to the urgency of working toward new models of bridging fault lines—societal, historical, or geographical—that result from failures of empathy and understanding.
We Are All Astronauts (2013–2021), whose title is inspired by the writings of Buckminster Fuller, is composed of world globes dating from between 1890 and 2021 that have been stripped clean of their geographic information. The artist has sanded away the globes’ varying successive and shifting geopolitical contours using “international sandpaper” created with mineral samples from all U.N.-recognized countries, which he originally collected for an earlier work, Monument—Sedimentation Of Floating Worlds (2013). Dust created by the abrasion has gently settled beneath the globes, creating new, yet-to-be-defined cartographies. The globes are rendered as useless as their carefully drawn territories have become unbounded in an increasingly globalized world.
“The world as a whole: this hopeful, poetic vision materializes in We Are All Astronauts. Adrift without a fixed point of reference, dislocated in time and space, we circle around the globes, as suggested by Fuller’s titular statement: ‘We are all astronauts. Always have been—but really.’”—Katrin Weilenmann, in her essay A Journey to the Edges of Our World in Julian Charrière. Towards No Earthly Pole, published by Mousse, Milan, in 2020.
Iterations of the work are in the permanent collection of the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Switzerland, and have been prominently exhibited at Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany; Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland; MAMbo—Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy; and Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany; as well as the Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, UK; the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India; and the Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France.
Charrière will open his fifth solo show with our gallery in Berlin on 15 Sept 2021. Titled Soothsayers, the exhibition develops his interest in disturbing collisions between earth systems and applied science (as well as hallucinatory night-club aesthetics). Through an immersive display that comprises two new sculptures, the exhibition stages visions of world(s) near and far that oscillate between Traum and trauma.
And continuing this milestone year, which included his first major solo exhibition in America at the Dallas Museum of Art, Charrière will exhibit at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, as a nominated artist for the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2021. The exhibition will remain on view through 4 Jan 2022, with the winner announced on 18 Oct 2021.
Additional works by Julian Charrière as well as gallery artists Andreas Greiner and Jonas Wendelin are featured in the Armory Show Online Viewing Room.
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