FRAGILE is pleased to present HEAVY LOAD an exhibition by Anne de Vries.
Historically, the right to bear arms was hereditary — a sexually-transmitted inheritance from parent to child, like the color of your eyes or the deed to a home. Heraldry developed out of this, a state-regulated economy of signs demonstrating that the bearer, or his ancestor, was legally entitled to wield a weapon.
Like a mise en abyme, this visual system involved layers of meaning. Mere possession of a family crest demonstrated a certain social standing, but its specific form also carried weight. For instance, the so-called “king of beasts,” a lion, implied strength, nobility, or courage in the battlefield. But over time, these direct semantic connections weakened, between the animal and its depiction, as well as between a coat of arms and knighthood. Heraldic designs eventually came to signify simply the product of a birthright: generational wealth, which is to say, power.
Sand itself doesn’t signify power, but it makes it work. A vast and obscure extractive industry turns shorelines into the glass skyscrapers that compose the skylines of Alpha global cities. Sand is both a major resource within the contemporary global economy and the origins of its symbolic representation. That is, like the relationship between the living lion to its stylized double on a heraldic crest, the shifting reality of sand haunts the visual embodiment of finance capitalism as architectural form.
For HEAVY LOAD, an exhibition at Fragile in Berlin, Anne De Vries has filled the space with 15 tons of sand. Impressed in its surface are the chopped and screwed traces of corporate logos, neighboring buildings, and the pawprints of a knight cannibalized by its own herald, put on podophilic display.
Manuela Morales, Lukas Stäuble, Cassidy Toner & Napoleon, Gaia Vincensini, Paul Otis Wiesner, Maya Rikli, Paul Barsch, Tobi Keck, Pauline Coquart, Marc Hirt, Jessy Razafimandimby & Emma Bruschi, Ece Canguden, Marian Luft, Gina Folly, Dominic Michel, Finn Curry, Christian Roncea, Ylona Isabel Stutz, Julian-Jakob Kneer, Bob Schatzi Hausmann, Maya Hottarek, Manuel Schneider, Mitchell Anderson, Paula Santome, Anne de Vries, Sollee Kim, Diego Salvador Rios, Vela Arbutina, Nicholas Warburg, Mäschi, Sophie Conus, Marie Matusz
On location: Hortusbrug—Dr. D.M. Sluyspad 6, 1018 DH Amsterdam Open daily between 1—5pm, AND at night between 7pm—11am
Opening: Friday 18 June, 6—8 pm. Exclusively for members of Kunstverein and professional guests of Amsterdam Art.
Overnight stays: Available from Saturday, June 19 till June 29. Overnight stays, including breakfast, come at the rate of € 190, €130 for members, or free for gold members! Check availability.
For the fourth time in our twelve-year history we are happy to host our biennial Salon Hang, an exuberant, sensory-overloading group exhibition showcasing the abundance of local and international talent we’re happy to call our members. For this edition, we’ll take up residence in a former bridge house-turned-hotel suite adjoining the Botanical Garden in Amsterdam. Fancy! Because it’s special! It’s time to rekindle! Don’t you think? For ten days and ten nights, we will highlight the practices of the individuals who back us—a multi-voiced community of thinkers and makers. Expect the lofty and the low, the known and the obscure all sharing a figurative bed.
With work by, among others: Adam Pendleton, Alexis Blake, Alina Lupu, Andrea Di Serego Alighieri, Paloma Bouhana, Anne de Vries, Ansuya Blom, Artun Alaska Arasli, Axel Wilhite, Baha Görkem Yalım, Barbara Visser, Bart de Baets, Bas Hendrikx, Ben Kinmont, Bruno Zhu, Carl Johan Högberg, Carlotta Guerra, Charlott Markus, Chris Evans, Christine van Litsenburg, Claes Storm, Clara Amaral, David Bernstein, Dean Spunt, Denise Scott Brown, Ebele Wybenga, Emma Gregoline, Felix Salut, Gabriele Götz, gerlach en koop, Germaine Kruip, Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Ian Svenonius, Ilke Gers, Jacob Dwyer, from the collection of Frits Bergsma, Jennifer Tee, Jessica Warboys, Jungmyung, Lee Josefina Anjou (presented by Julia Mullié), Justina Nekrašaitė, Kara Hamilton, Kasper Bosmans, Laura Pappa, Katja Mater, Laurent-David Garnier, Lieven Lahaye, Liliane Lijn (presented by Alex Balgiu/Women in Concrete poetry), Linda van Deursen, Lisa Oppenheim, Lotte Lara Schröder, Maartje Fliervoet, Mai Spring, Maria Barnas, Marja Bloem / Berend Strik, Marja van Putten, Mathew Kneebone, Matt Hinkley, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Melissa Gordon, Michel Cardena presented by Zapp Magazine/Corinne Groot, Niels Staal, Nerijus Rimkus, Nora Turato, Ola Vasiljeva, Olivier Lebrun, Pilar Mata Dupont, Riet Wijnen, Richard Niessen, Robert Milne, Robert Wilhite, Robertas Narkus, Ronja Andersen, Rudy Guedj, Scott Rogers, Severin Bunse, Voebe De Gruyter, Will Holder, Will Pollard, Youngeun Sohn.
THREE’S A CROWD. AN EXHIBITION OF OUT OF STH VI. SPACE ABSORBENCY
This year’s edition of the International Biennale of Urban Art OUT OF STH in Wrocław will cover areas ranging from Hong Kong to Slavic vixa parties. It will look at modern-day streets and dance floors, examining how bodies form temporary communities through physical presence in public space, how they transform the old reality and create new conditions.
Artist: Iván Argote, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Rufina Bazlova, Zuzanna Czebatul, Bogomir Doringer, Robert Getso, Frédéric Gies, Jonathan Glazer, Kuba Gliński & Tosia Ulatowska, Igor Grubić, Roman Himey & Yarema Malashchuk, Steffani Jemison, Anna Jermolaewa, Agata Kalinowska, Chris Korda, Daniel Kotowski, LasTesis, Firenze Lai, Kanas Liu & Sam Tsang, Ania Nowak, Naja Orashvili & Giorgi Kikonishvili, Stepan Polivanov, Paweł Sakowicz, Luiz Roque, Anne de Vries, Romily Alice Walden, Marta Ziółek
DEEP SCROLL is an artist publication produced in collaboration with AISSystem and Onomatopee. This limited edition contains contributions by Ariella Azoulay, Alain Badiou, Iain Hamilton Grant, Amelia Groom, Nicholas Korody, and many others.
Susann Brännström & Tore Wallert
Enrique Giner de los Rios
Anne de Vries
With performances by Sea Urchin and Heatsick at the opening Curated by Mirak Jamal and Santiago Taccetti