Date(s) - 16/06/2019 - 28/07/2019
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne
Central to Prendergast’s spacious installation ‘Atlas’ at Kunst-Station Sankt Peter are themes of settlement, migration and location. The artist transformed an every-day item, a standard AA road atlas of Europe, into a complex and extensive visual statement. Over a hundred copies have been painstakingly drawn over with black ink by the artist whereby all geographical details have been erased, with the exception of cities and communities that appear as small dots in a black sea. Borders, rivers and names have disappeared, only human settlements allow for geographical orientation. Arranged on trestle tables the atlases show a complete albeit warped map of Europe, its borders and land masses. From the gallery of the church a full view of the installation and the order of Europe opens up. In addition, here the artist presents her sculptural piece ‘The Road’ which has been specifically created for the exhibition in Sankt Peter and in which she brings fragmented road pieces from the cartographic surface into the three-dimensional space.
Kathy Prendergast’s cartographical interventions are concerned with questions of territory, property and political labelling and explore the traces of colonialism. Especially in the context of the current discussions around the EU elections, Brexit and border security the fragile and spacious installation shows the fragility of Europe and reminds us that borders are always human constructs.
Kathy Prendergast, (born 1958 in Dublin, Ireland) lives in London, UK.
In 1995, she represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale. Her installations, sculptures and drawings were shown at MoMA Oxford (2018), Yokohama Triennale (2017), Tate Britain (2012), Irish Museum of Modern Art (2000 and 2008), 13th and 14th Sydney Biennale (2002/2004), MoMA PS1, New York (1999) and Tate Britain (1997).