Jana Kerima Stolzer & Lex Rütten – We grow, grow and grow, we're gonna be alright and this is our show

11. March 2023 - 30. July 2023 Dortmunder U, Level 3

With We grow, grow and grow, we're gonna be alright and this is our show, HMKV presents the first large institutional solo exhibition of the Dortmund duo Jana Kerima Stolzer and Lex Rütten. Both artists are graduates of the Kunstakademie Münster and have a studio at the Künstlerhaus Dortmund. While the exhibition title We grow, grow and grow, we're gonna be alright and this is our show initially brings to mind the Club of Rome's report The Limits to Growth (1972), published 50 years ago, the exhibition by Jana Kerima Stolzer & Lex Rütten is not so much about the dystopian dimensions of growth. Rather, the artists* are interested in the phenomenon of growing as such, in the growth of plants and other organisms, and in symbiotic relationships in nature. They speculate about existing and coming symbioses between microorganisms, plants, animals, bacteria, fungi and technical objects. It is about novel cycles and alliances in nature - in the age of the Anthropocene.

The exhibition is curated by Inke Arns. In the exhibition, narratives are conveyed in a kind of parcours, visitors move exploratively through the multimedia exhibition, in which our environment and organisms surrounding us are the protagonists. These are not only beings that have a consciousness according to human definition, but also plants, bacteria and technical objects. The artists show installations that are expanded by video and VR worlds.

 

Credit: Xtract, 2022, Lex Rütten und Jana Kerima Stolzer.

 

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