Katja Schenker. Mit angewinkelten Beinen

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Mit angewinkelten Beinen, performance and installation, 2012
exhibition views at Kunstmuseum Olten, september-november 2012
all image courtesy the artist and kunstmuseum Olten
photos: STEFAN ROHNER

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For her exhibition entitled Mit angewinkelten Beinen (with squatting legs) at Kunstmuseum Olten in Switzerland a few months ago, KATJA SCHENKER developed a new site specific performance/installation and a show of her work.

KATJA SCHENKER is best known for her performances which cleverly combined physical strength, material and physical forces in a live situation. This new work is no exception: after having covered the exhibition space (which comprised two floors) with a multitude of plastic bags, the floors have been flooded with a mixture of concrete and clay balls. Materials merged and consolidated.

This sea of concrete provided a perfect introduction for her performance where she transported sponges soaked with red, orange and yellow ink from the first floor to the second floor of the kunstmuseum, and thus leaving traces on this soft and moving lunar landscape.

The result had a strong experiential character which emphasizes the artist’s preoccupation with the body and performance – along with her continued interest in material exploration.

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