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Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz [Videonale.11]

*1981, in Berlin GER, lives in Rotterdam NED
Studied at Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam NED, at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig GER, at Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw POL and at Kunstakademie Münster GER

Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Fragile, Atelier Tarwewijk, Rotterdam NED

         Travaux en cours / en cours de travaux, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Priest-  
         en-Jarez FRA

         The Carousell Collection, San Seriffe, Amsterdam NED

2011 All Along the Watchtower, Duende Studios, Rotterdam NED cat

         10 jaar SYB, P/////AKT, Amsterdam NED

         An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, Mass MoCA, North Adams USA

2010 Milano Mon Amour, Weissfaktor, Berlin GER [S]

         Irrgarten, Kunsthandel Schlächter, Münster GER

         Tapetenwechsel, Kunst- und Kulturverein Drensteinfurt GER

2009 Voorbij die warme zomer, Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag NED [S]


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zwischen rosen, 2006, 3:04 min., sound, colour [VIDEONALE.11]

Two young men practice the modern Japanese martial art of Aikido in a gym. In the background we hear a melancholy female voice singing a Polish children?s song about a king and queen and their page, which ends in a horrible fate.

At first, viewers of zwischen rosen have difficulty making a direct connection between the imagery and soundtrack. And yet, by editing her material in a certain way, Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz manages to tie together the visual and acoustic levels. The soft but powerful music reinforces the effect of the flowing, sweeping movements of the focused combatants, while the dramaturgy of the sequence of connected scenes, which are sometimes played in reverse and interrupted by black screens, corresponds with the song?s narrative. Through this interplay, the common content of both levels is revealed: the dramatization of violence. In the end, however, the exaggerated, dance-like movements of Aikido and the punch line at the end of the children?s song ultimately have the effect of trivializing and defusing this theme. The viewer is enticed into taking on the role of entertained consumer.

Julia Kürten

Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz [ Videonale.11 ]