35 x 42 cm
Edition of 30, signed and numbered
About the work
Ulla von Brandenberg has created four photopolymer etchings, each in an edition of 30, which are available individually or as a set of four. These etchings are based on original drawings created by Ulla von Brandenburg especially for the Whitechapel Gallery.
The edition accompanies her film commission, Ulla von Brandenburg: Sweet Feast, on display at Whitechapel Gallery 20 September 2018 – 31 March 2019. The film recreates an extraordinary moment in the history of the gallery, when in 1973 an exhibition featuring hundreds of types of sweets,which was staged to celebrate the UK’s entry to the European Common Market, was devoured by school children. The display included confectionary from the European Common Market members, including Belgium, French, Italian, Germany, Italy, Holland and the UK, and was the Whitechapel Gallery’s contribution to the ‘Fanfare for Europe’ celebrations.
Von Brandenburg’s drawings depict four different kinds of colourful confectionary, Gummy Teeth, Roudoudou, Snoepand Spiegeleier. The sweets, which are recognisable from childhood to many, conjure feelings of nostalgia and joy. The titles are in three languages, English, French and German, suggesting that the sweets originate from these European countries. Against a background of Britain’s impending departure from the European Union in 2019, the four etchings are a bittersweet reminder of our connection with the European market.
About the artist
Ulla von Brandenburg (b. 1974, Karlsruhe Germany) lives and works in Paris. She was nominated for Le Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2016, reflecting her work as one of the most innovative contemporary artists in France. Her multifaceted practice encompasses a combination of film, installation, performance and drawing. Renowned for a body of work drawing on theatre and performance to explore complex social issues, von Brandenburg explores the dynamics between the individual and the group in her work.
Recent major solo exhibitions have been presented at such venues as in Jenisch Museum, Vevey (2017), Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami (2016); Power Plant, Toronto (2016); Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2016); ACCA, Melbourne (2016); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis (2015); MAMCO, Geneva (2014); Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover (2014); Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg (2013); KunsthalleHamburg, Hamburg (2013); The Common Guild, Glasgow (2011); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2009); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2008). In 2016 von Brandenburg was nominated for the Le Prix Marcel Duchamp.
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