Kindl Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst – MASCHINENHAUS M0, Berlin. 10 Sep – 3 Dec 2017.
“The point of departure for these works is facades that still contain traces of the Second World War in the form of bullet holes. Asta Gröting replicates the damaged walls in sculpture by making silicone impressions of them. These function like long exposures that depict the story from the moment of the bullets’ impact to the present time. Dust, dirt, and even graffiti are applied to the material and give these negative imprints, some of which are monumental in scale, an almost painted effect.The bullet holes protrude from the heavy silicone skin like scars of history.
The silicone reconstructs wounds as architectural traces and translates them into abstract pictures. “I want to look out into the world from these destroyed walls and facades as if I could look into my own face,” says Gröting. These works create an awareness of the fact that we are living in the ruins of history. Bullet holes function as a reminder and a link to an individual and collective history that can never be smoothed over..”*
*text sourcedocumentor: annika birgel camera: x-pro 1