Some exhibition titles reflect, rather than qualify, an anticipation of a visual exercise executed within the public realm. Titles remain a portal through which to excite viewership and to provide an entrance to a space, which has been made into a place of art, artists and artworks. In this manner, The (Iranian) Weltanschauung, was created by the idea of the formulation of geographical boundaries, implicit in our loss of knowledge about its contemporary state, inviting us to regard this nation once more, through the notations of several artists. Its subtitle, aesthetics within ideological constraints, in many ways serves as an adjunct to break down this acculturated main title, providing a qualified summary of the exhibition’s true resolve. In making exhibitions, one hopes to assist in the formulation of cohesive thoughts in these pressing times and to further the comprehension of artistic innovations from specific contexts’.
The (Iranian) Weltanschauung is the third curated exhibition by Shaheen Merali at the Freies Museum, Berlin and is realised in collaboration with the Azad Gallery, the only artists run space in Tehran, Iran. The exhibition on the three floors of the Freies Museum, “allows for a comprehensive viewing of artists’ concerns and use of materials and mediums” and in turn allows to sustain this substantial interpretation, knowledge and experience within Berlin’s and Europe’s community(s) of an important and emerging artistic community; a strategy the curator explains as similar to that of the previous two exhibitions, Three Voices in My Head (April-May 2010) and Twice is too much (Sept-Oct 2010) which also highlighted a politicised aesthetic within the arts.
Show Business is the Only Business is a series of Performance / Sculptures from the young German-American artist, Janosch Parker. Mechanical apparatuses come together with cotton candy, dough, yogurt, or other primordial substances to collaborate with the protagonist in his search for security and isolation. He rotates through absurd installations and completes self-imposed exercises. Combined with the iconic presentation of the work, the experience of a car wash or a motorcycle track scenario conveys the idea of a tragic hero.
Show Business is the Only Business is on display at the project space of the Freies Museum Berlin. For further information or images please contact Sara-Lena Maierhofer from the Freies Museum.