11.02. – 30.04.2017
[statement & dialogue III]
Maria und Natalia Petschatnikov
The artists and twin sisters Maria and Natalia Petschatnikov (*1973 in Saint Petersburg) move in their artistic work between painting, sculpture and spatial installations. After studying in New York and Paris the two made use of grants and residency programmes to work in Marseille (France), Mojacar (Spain), Dublin (Ireland) and Dale (Norway), among other places. They then moved to Hamburg and finally to Berlin, where they have lived and worked since 2000.
Maria and Natalia Petschatnikov are active as field researchers in their artistic work as well as in their travels. With an eye for small details they investigate, interpret and experiment with spaces, places and objects. They attribute new layers of meaning to everyday and apparently irrelevant things, using them to reflect larger societal phenomena. In their series »Forschungslabor« (tr.: Research laboratory) they developed a piece characterised by imagination and humour, which looks at the parallels between art and science. The round, furry creatures of differing sizes and natural colours could be cloned organisms from the future or an unknown species from a long-forgotten past. For the exhibition »Creatures« the artists placed the furry little globes in the spaces outside the minster ruins. You can view these artificial creatures through the closed entrance to the ruins, which lets us view the site as a kind of cage.
»Creatures« experiments with the space of the ruins of the medieval minster and walks the thin line between fiction and reality. The installation draws attention to the current state of the monument during a transitional period, which could be described as a kind of public research laboratory or workshop of the future.