Collective Exhibition during the 2nd International Artists Gathering 2017 in Fez
“Art in the Time of Crisis”
In times of war, terrorism and poverty, when people need peace and food and really need a home - millions of people trying to arrive at countries to live peacefully for a limited period - we are thinking and showing what art can be in times of crises: history points out artists have expressed themselves in any times of crises by their various media.
How do experiences become metaphors and inner images? And these inner images - get they expressed according to gestures and meanings of the profession of artists?
The consolation of the great artworks is fewer the message they speak but rather the fact that they were extorted from existence.” (Aphorismus 148). By the “Ästhetische Theorie” Adorno has described consistently the great artworks as a stadtholder of a utopian vision. Art tries to rescue the idea that life must not be identical to prevailing wrong. Art comforts by NOT alleviating the suffering. The consolation of art is reflected in hopelessness.
Art should be stadtholder of a better praxis. As long as the negativity of the dominating reality is been articulated, a denouncement without any reservation, artworks could modify existence to the better.
Das Tröstliche der großen Kunstwerke liegt weniger in dem, was sie aussprechen, als darin, daß es ihnen gelang, dem Dasein sich abzutrotzen (Aphorismus 148). Adorno hat die große Kunst in der “Ästhetischen Theorie” immer wieder als Statthalter des Utopischen bezeichnet. Kunst ist für ihn Rettung des Scheins oder auch Rettung des Nichtidentischen. Sie bietet Trost, indem sie das Leiden nicht mindert. Der Trost der Kunst zeigt sich in der Hoffnungslosigkeit. (S. 164 und S. 196). Kunst soll Statthalter einer besseren Praxis sein. Soweit sich im Kunstwerk die Negativität des Bestehenden artikuliert, könne es durch die rückhaltlose Anklage die Realität zum Besseren verändern. (S. 204)
“Minima Moralia”, Adorno
We all know art can provoke an appetitus intellectualis, but cannot appease hunger.
When will we finally realize our social responsibility?!
The International Artist Gathering supplies space to artists who are engaged in these themes, coming from various backgrounds, realities and generations - showing narrative, conceptual or abstract artworks, always articulating un-comfortable questions. Thus our exhibition tries to contribute to the reflection of the contemporary problematic, while participation in dealing with them must be taken care of otherwise. With this gathering we provide the opportunity for a general dialogue.
Everybody is invited, all inhabitants of Fes as well as people coming from outside, to visit the exhibition in three different spaces in the Medina Fes. We are looking forward to meet you.
Rudolf de Lippe
12th Janurary, 2017
We, as artists, rather need to assess our possible reaction facing the fright that strikes our
societies. We hear the cries for help like all the others.
We see the pictures of horror like all the others.
The very question which is particularly ours is:
How do they work in us? How do we feel the strive to express such impressions?
Could it be possible immediately?
How do they become metaphors, inner images, and these inner images - get they expressed
according to the gestures and meanings of our profession?
Answers are all but evident. And they will be profoundly different in each case.
If our art responds rather in figurative ways and close to the surface of reality our narratives will tend to participate more directly in the situations that we are exposed to. But we may recognize in these situations the fright that we know to be much more global.
The problems are just the same ones as in politics. It is necessary to provide shelter for the
refugees. We have to imagine the needs of women and men and children. But what the world needs basically and urgently is that the rules of the economy, of politics and of the concept of the other be completely overthrown: The search for patterns of another order. Art should engage in this dimension.
Pre-Opening: Thursday, 12 th Janurary 2017 at 6pm
6:30 pm speech Rudolf de Lippe “ Art in the Time of Crisis”
at ALIF Riad 6, Derb Drissi, Douh, Fez Medina
Opening: Friday, 13th Janurary 2017 at 6pm
at Fes Saiss Association, Das Pacha Tazi, Batha
Continues daily 4 - 6 pm until 26th Janurary 2017
ALIF Riad 6, Derb Drissi, Douh, Fez Medina
Fes Saiss Association, Das Pacha Tazi, Batha
Caroline Le Méhauté, Madiha Sebbani, Museum Clausum, Pierre Jouve, Rudolf de Lippe, Soukaina Joual, Mohamed Thara, Ingeborg zu Schleswig-Holstein, Evi Blink, Timothy Hennessy, David Ben Körzdörfer,
Luca Carboni, Gabriele Da Costa, Think Tanger
Curation: Pascual Jordan, Evi Blink
Supported by the German Embassy in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, Rabat and the
Institut Français, Fez, the American language center of Fez and CRT of Fez.
During the 2nd International Gathering, 13th - 15th Janurary 2017, several panels about the theme “Art in the Time of Crisis” take place that everybody can join.
Founder of the International Gathering: Omar Chennafi / www.fezgathering.com