Unfinished Hase

Alte Handelsschule

Gießerstraße 75, 04229 Leipzig, Germany

15 February - 23 February 2019

Nimm eine Pflanze, du wirst sie es brauchen       (Take a plant, you'll need it)

Kleiner has been inquiring about the current political and environmental climate of Germany due to the rapid rise of their populist party, the AfD and their desire to strip Germany’s renewable energy plan outlined in their manifesto. The work “Nimm eine pflantze – du wirst sie brauchen” (take a plant – you’ll need it”) focuses on distributing plants in exchange for a donation to extinction rebellion, an international social movement aims to reduce the current impact of climate change via non-violent protest and civil disobedience. Each plant in the work was selected for their noted air purifying qualities which further engages with the history of Leipzig being an industrial city as well as Saxony being the highest supporters of the AfD.

- Ciara Brown

Joseph Beuys described his 1965 performance “How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare” (“Wie man dem toten Hasen die Bilder erklärt”) as an effort to expand the human potential for thought and expression beyond the rational. The group of artists of the 38th round of Pilotenkueche International Art Program played on a similar concept during one of their first meetings. The newly assembled group decided to choose an exhibition title through a sentence-building game in order to find a common ground for future collaboration. This resulted in “Unfinished Hase”. The phrase also evokes a common motif in the visual arts, the hare being a symbol for various mythological meanings in different cultures throughout art history.

-  Tena Bakšaj

Unfinished Hase

PilotenKueche International Artist Residency Program.             For more information about the artists and the exhibition visit:    http://westside.pilotenkueche.net/?p=16359