Magazine article Artforum International

Nina Konnemann: Galerie Borgmann Nathusius. (Reviews: Cologne)

Magazine article Artforum International

Nina Konnemann: Galerie Borgmann Nathusius. (Reviews: Cologne)

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Rarely have I felt so lost as in viewing the videos of Nina Konnemann. Lost, because I couldn't determine the place or the time period in which they were filmed, or even what was taking place in them. Were the events I was observing real, or had they been staged? In this footage, reality seemed to blend into fiction--or was it fiction turning into reality? In this, her first gallery exhibition, Konnemann, who studied at Hamburg's Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst (Academy of Fine Art), shows young people running around in artificially lit spaces, subway stations, perhaps. They seem to have been on their feet for a few hours: Their appearance is disheveled, their gait unsure, their facial expressions apparently impaired by alcohol or drugs. Where have they been, where are they going, what have they been through? Aimlessly, as though guided by some external force, they wander around, stop and stand still, light up a cigarette, make faces in the camera-by chance, or deliberately?-then move on, with new ones showing up, sitting on the floor, getting up ...

They happen to be teenagers, we discover, hanging out in a fully constructed but unused U-Bahn station, after the Love Parade in Berlin. Without this information, we would be clueless. But is it that important to know precisely what is going on? Unrise, 2002, speaks for itself: This is the moment when the exhilaration of the party, that euphoric state when you might feel beyond time and place, beyond history and the present moment, beyond boundaries and taboos, beyond desire and death, nears its end, or, more precisely, when a consciousness that just moments before was soaring above the earth sinks back into reality. …

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