Fearless Flowers (I Move Through Chicago Like Honey)

09. 08. 2018
— 02. 09. 2018

Aline Schwibbe

Fearless Flowers (I Move Through Chicago Like Honey)

Curated by Magdalena J. Härtelova

“In her own words, Aline Schwibbe’s work is about “visualizing relationships between different fragments of the self.” Collage is, indeed, a visual thread that intertwines throughout her whole practice. However, the act of picking out and bringing elements together is less about fragmentation or deconstructing – strategies of postmodern collage – and more about tying, interconnecting, and storytelling.

The separate components brought together in Schwibbe’s work are partial because they have been ripped apart/out/into/open/off by violences that are allowed to exist in our society, such as racism or sexist objectification. Their depiction can be read as celebration of their continued existence, survival, tenacity, and joy despite circumstances. Schwibbe’s practice is not an attempt to give them new wholeness or to assimilate them into a different context. Instead the artist holds them in their complexity and with the complicated past they carry.”

Magdalena J. Härtelova

Fearless Flowers (I Move Through Chicago Like Honey) at White Pearl Gallery is the first solo exhibition of Berlin-based artist Aline Schwibbe in Prague. Through artworks ranging from painting to sculpture to video, the artist discusses topics such as presentation of female body, whitewashing and kinship. The exhibition will present work created during the artist’s two months summer residency in New York alongside drawings she made three years ago while studying in Prague for a semester.

 

The exhibition is curated by guest curator Magdalena Jadwiga Härtelova. Härtelova, alumni of Art History program at Charles University in Prague and Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, is curator of the Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, she practices curating in Prague, Berlin, and Northern California.