I am Nothing
Curated by Susanne Weiss
17 September – 20 November 2017
The protagonist of Patrick Modiano’s 1978 mystery novel Rue des Boutiques Obscures (Missing Person) fears being a man whose footsteps leave a trace that lasts only for a few seconds. “I am nothing” are the words the narrator uses to start his story, and the rest of the novel involves his efforts to piece together his past.
The exhibition at the Studio of the Heidelberger Kunstverein looks back at Figure 1, a sculpture made in 2013 that has traveled to different locations and has been presented in various contexts. For this occasion, the sculpture is conducted through a multi-layered narrative, putting it in dialogue with a network of objects and images produced for the exhibition. The space created to host Figure 1 is an installation that draws inspiration from both the work of the Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico and a collection of documents and artifacts from the first Soviet space missions, shown in the exhibition Space: the Birth of a New Era at Pavilion No. 1 of VDNH in Moscow.