THE SECOND SKIN

4th February to 27th May 2016

Our skin protects our bodies and guards us against the aggres sive influences of the outside world. At the same time, however, it acts like a permeable membrane and brings about the reci procal exchange between the individual and the environment. Ist touch-sensitive surface helps us to sense the world around us and its appearance does much to influence the way other people see us. In many cultures this influence has since time immemorial been heightened by body decoration and adornment, but also, and to a greater extent, by clothing, which affords not only added protection but also unlimited possibilities of selfexpres sion. Irrespective of fashion or trends, artists have repeatedly concerned themselves with clothing as the human being's “second skin” and developed images and projects in which clothing denotes the human condition and the human being's status in nature and society. 

By way of twenty different artistic approaches in the media of photography, sculpture and installation, the forthcoming exhibition explores the phenomenon of the “second skin” as a means of insulation against nature or as a way of bringing oneself even closer to it. What stories, for example, can articles of clothing narrate? Can we discard our past like an item of clothing? And what is it like to be clothed in just one's own skin? 

Besides such questions as these, the exhibition will also deal with artistic media and their force of expression. Contemporary artists incorporate raw materials from nature into their processes to an ever increasing extent, as well as materials from humans and animals. The transience and fragility of clothing made from such materials awakens associations with the cycle of nature and the mortality of the human being. Just as nature is marked by growth and decay, so too is the human being subjected, through his body, to the rhythmic cycle of birth, life and death.

Idea and concept for this exhibition: Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg/Germany

Public guided tours
every Sunday and on bank holidays, 2 pm
Price: € 3 plus museum admission

Artists

Adidal Abou-Chamat
Su Blackwell
Dietmar Busse
Charlotte Cory
Alba D´Urbano
Nathalia Edenmont
Esther Glück
Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Wilma Hurskainen
Kahn & Selesnick
Kaarina Kaikkonen
Juul Kraijer
Riitta Päiväläinen
Anni Rapinoja
Ulla Reiss
Deborah Sengl
Jana Sterbak
Maggie Taylor
Bettina Zachow

Deborah Sengl, aus der Serie „Killed to be dressed“ (Hase), 2017

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Susanne Hoeveler
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Nina Schulze M. A.
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