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AUSGEZEICHNET #2: Viktoria Binschtok

Golden Horn/Golden Case

23.11.2017 - 14.01.2018

In the knowledge that our society is exposed to a never-ending stream of digital images day by day, Viktoria Binschtok reflects in her highly aesthetic photographic work on the medium of photography itself.

Apart from her own photographs, the artist also makes use of images she finds on the internet and other media. She enters into a dialogue with the algorithms of image search engines and thus raises fundamental questions about how we deal with pictures, their source and their social and political functions. Who takes pictures? Who uses them in order to illustrate what? How does the perspective on a picture change depending on how, when and for what purpose it is presented?

Binschtok changes the contexts of pictures and thus creates new possibilities of juxtaposing them. She repeats and varies her motives, which leads to a change of our view of certain objects and their presentation. For this purpose, Viktoria Binschtok works with the seductive aesthetics of commercials and their power of suggestion. Her exceptionally attractive displays of different shapes consist of assembled photographs and offer a space for reflecting upon the production, presentation and reception of pictures.

Viktoria Binschtok's exhibition "Golden Horn / Golden Case" is part of an exhibition series, which since 2016 annually presents scholarship holders of the Stiftung Kunstfonds. The exhibition will include five mostly large-format "Clusters," which the artist has been creating since 2014.

"The constant presentation of pictures does not only create a new, distinct reality; it also takes on global dimensions which we cannot withdraw ourselves from, just as we cannot withdraw ourselves from the diversity of emotions we're made to feel: We're full of fear, hate or happiness in one moment, and then, with just one click, it's all gone again and we keep on helping ourselves to the buffet of banality and human tragedy in 72 dpi." (Viktoria Binschtok)

Viktoria Binschtok was born in Moscow in 1972 and has been living in Berlin for some time now. Between 1995 and 2005 she studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and was a master scholar under Timm Rautert. With a history of numerous international group exhibitions, Viktoria Binschtok's list of solo exhibitions includes shows at the Zentrum für zeitgenössische Künste, Minsk (2017), the Heidelberger Kunstverein (2016), C/O, Berlin (2015) and the Kunstverein Göttingen (2015).

With the kind support of Stiftung Kunstfonds.

Opening: Wednesday 22 November 2018, 8 p.m.

All works: Courtesy Viktoria Binschtok and KLEMM'S, Berlin

Header oben: Ohne Titel, 2009, Öl auf Leinwand, 180 x 550 cm , Privatsammlung, Courtesy SCHÖNEWALD Rechts oben: Ohne Titel, 2011, 160 x 120 cm, Öl auf Leinwand, Privatbesitz

Ohne Titel, 2013, 180 x 240 cm, Öl auf Leinwand, Privatbesitz