Images from abroad

Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin
January 9 – February 20, 2020


Images from abroad

January 2020

The photograph of a riverine landscape lined with trees provides the prologue to the exhibition: a small bridge in the center of the picture, footpaths, 
and an artificial 
water inlet point to human intervention. But Nakonechna opens up another pictorial level by presenting the black-and- white photo as a screenshot taken during 
the digital processing, with scaling at the upper edge of the picture and the Photoshop hand tool, which now seems to float above the treetops.

This picture of a peaceful, but also manipulated landscape is to be understood as counterpoint to the exhibition’s central group of works, for which, 
on the end wall 
of the gallery, a situation was created in which the drawn contours of the individual picture formats serve as placeholders for many possible variations of how they 
could be hung.

In these works, Nakonechna takes recourse to themes she has been concerned with for several years: the political dimension of landscapes, the arbitrary 
of borders and the conflicts associated with that, but also our relative distance from pictures from unknown contexts and the attempt to approach them through 
analytic questioning.

Two black-and-white transfer prints with the identical motif, a residential building concealed by thickly foliaged trees and bushes, were processed once with blue 
and black paint and once with blue, black and red paint. Black, blue, and red are the colors of the flag of the proclaimed, but internationally unrecognized “Donetsk 
People's Republic”; black and blue are the basic colors of the Ukrainian administrative district, Donetsk Oblast. While here the colors of the respective flags are laid 
over the landscape like a filter, other works are devoted to the territory

in its cartographic representation. For example, the contours of the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk are cropped as a fragment of a landscape photo, 
or a white sheet of paper folded like a map is shown spread in the hands of several people. The territory is apparently being negotiated here, whereby it remains 
unclear if the tree assigned by a number in the drawing is really a tree or perhaps rather an explosion.

Another work focuses on the phenomenon of camouflage: in the spotty green and black of, once again, cropped contours (which here, however, cannot refer to a specific 
region), only on second glance does one recognize a corpse lying on the ground and a soldier in uniform. This mimesis lets the human body fuse with its surroundings; 
one can read this picture as a symbol of a war that has become invisible, a war that has now lasted almost six years and that (according to a UN report) in the meantime 
has claimed about 13,000 human lives. The visitors are invited to put together their own coherent way of hanging this collection of drawings, so that during the course 
of the exhibition, constantly changing perspectives on and narratives about these “alien images” arise.

Bettina Klein
Translation by Mitch Cohen

  List of domains, Photography, cut out, graphite 100 x 70 cm

Work on the ground
Transfer print, graphite on paper, each 71 x 123,5 cm

Marking 1
Transfer print, crayon and graphite on paper 124,3 x 199 cm

Marking 2
Transfer print, crayon and graphite on paper 124,3 x 199 cm

Transfer print, graphite on paper 63,5 x 92,5 cm