LENA DITTE NISSEN
AWAKENING | DESTRUCTION
The Chinese Year of the Pig brings ozone and healing over the hare's objects.
On 20.07.2017, 110 litres of rain per square meter fell in Cologne within 24 hours. The storage of the artist duo bergernissen was flooded completely. Many works were destroyed. On 14.07.2018, exactly one year later, in their new studio at Bonner Kunstverein, a condenser, overheated by the summer sun, exploded during the World Cup finals. Highly toxic and liquid PCB was spread out in the studio. All the artists and five firefighters in the studio at the time had to be decontaminated in a hospital in Bonn for six hours. Afterwards, it was forbidden to enter the studio for three months. Much of the inventory, including many works of art, film rolls and installation materials, had to be thrown out, decontaminated or destroyed.
The exhibition and the opening performance at GEMEINDE KÖLN, in a sense, is an allegorical healing procedure. The forbidden - contaminated by PCB - and destroyed objects from the studio and storage are presented here for the first and last time. Visitors can observe the performance during the opening evening from the outside space or enter the interior in small groups with the help of protective clothing and observe the process from close up.
AWAKENING | DESTRUCTION, 2019