Overall, Art Statements was quite weak this year but there were many installations at Unlimited that impressed. I wish I had more time to write some actual thoughts, but I don’t…so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, and I’ll just add my 2 cents – really only 2 cents.
Petrit Halilaj, Chert, Berlin. Kostërrc (CH)
Piece about displacement, migration, longing for a long-lost home….My favorite topics. Of course land is metaphorically connected to belonging, and here the artist, originally from Kosovo, drove this piece of earth from Kosovo to Basel for this installation. Much to be pondered over…
At Unlimited there seemed to be a lot of the male canon figures like R. Rauschenberg, Carl Andre, James Turrell, Dan Flavin, Fred Sandback – the work was exquisite despite this…This is not in any order but it is top 10, somehow.
Then there was the fantastic sculpture by Anish Kapoor, who deserves a huge kudos and much respect for pulling out of his exhibition in China in protest over Ai Weiwei’s arrest and disappearance. Such lusciousness and tactility – really beautiful.
Katarzyna Kozyra made a moving film featuring old people dancing in the nude to the Rite of Spring with a choreography that is obviously difficult for them to carry out. Frailty, old age, and vulnerability coupled with strength and determination to overcome…