Galerie C&V

with Alexander Mayer and Jörn Zehe

Galerie C&V was founded in 2007 as a result of the joint organisation of the exhibition and event series Copieren und Verfälschen at the Hamburg Künstlerhaus Frise in which artistic positions of inclusion and appropriation of existing cultural and intellectual material were shown and related to each other over the course of one year.
In 2009 the series was continued at Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna under the title Kommentar als selbst was
(commentary as it’s own thing)

In 2010-2015 the group worked on the research and exhibition project The missing i: Charles Arnold and Another Decade of California Color.  Starting with the discovery of a fake artist's page in a catalogue of the exhibition A Decade of California Color (Pace Gallery, New York, 1970), two trips to Los Angeles produced a wide range of material, including a reprint of the fake catalogue, an installation of video interviews of the artists participating in the exhibition at the time, and a new production of the artwork depicted on the counterfeit artist's page.

Since 2012, starting from a collaboration with the Transmediale project Outresourcing and the Sristi School of Art and Design in Bangalore, India, the group has been working on the research project Essay on Productive Ressources about Himalayan Balsam, a plant, which has in recent years been massively fought as a herbal invader to Western Europe.
Galerie C&V went in search of relatives of this plant in Bangalore, tried to sow seeds of the European species of the plant and conducted interviews at research institutes, seed producers and in the botanical garden in Bangalore.
A first presentation took place as a lecture performance at the Goethe Institute in Bangalore.

As a continuation of the research in India, a Super 8 film about the harvest of Himalayan Balsam in Bavaria was produced during a residency at the Galerie für Landschaftskunst/Halle Süd in Bad Tölz. In 2018 two exhibitions at Gartenkunstnetz, Hamburg and Galerie für Landschaftskunst / Halle Süd, Bad Tölz, brought the various threads of the research together.

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