On the Ground : Naoshima Island, 2013

An island known for contemporary art located in the Seto Inland Sea in Japan. One of the most magical places I have been to. 

In 1988 Soichiro Fukutake announced that he had a plan to make Naoshima an 'Island of Art'. the scheme was to place works of art and construct museums on the island to make the whole area an exhibition site.  The remnants of old houses that used to be prosperous roughly two hundred years ago were remodelled into exhibition spaces.

The Chichu Art Museum

The Chichu Art Museum (which literally means "art museum in the earth") is a museum built directly into a southern portion of the island of Naoshima. Designed by Japan's most prominent architect Tadao Ando, It exists as part of an ongoing initiative to "rethink the relationship between nature and people" and is one of several arts-related sites on the island. The site features permanent installations by Walter De Maria and James Turrell, as well as painted works in the Water Lilies series by Claude Monet.

Lee Ufan Museum

Opened in time for the 2010 Setouchi Triennale, the Lee Ufan Museum is one of the more recent additions to Naoshima. On display are large installations made of stone, concrete and huge slabs of iron, as well as a number of paintings from earlier in his career. The museum is also designed by Ando. 

Benesse House Museum

Tadao Ando Museum 

A Tadao Ando-designed inner space, framed by unadorned concrete walls, infuses this about 100-year-old traditional wooden house in Honmura with new life. Here, contrasting elements of past/present, wood/concrete, and light/shadow overlap in a microcosm of Ando's architectural style. 

On the Ground: 2nd Aichi Triennale, 2013

Japan 

Awakening  — Where Are We Standing? — Earth, Memory and Resurrection.

The 2nd Aichi Triennale, curated by Taro Igarashi, runs from August 8 – October 27, 2013. In addition to the venues in the main city of Nagoya, for the first time the event also takes place at various locations in Okazaki. It is the first major exhibition in Japan since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The title “Awakening — Where Are We Standing? — Earth, Memory and Resurrection,” in Japanese literally means ‘shaking earth,’ yet the curators stress that the triennale is not intended to be explicitly about the event, but aims to spark a wider discussion about human irresponsibility, loss, tragedy and renewal - as Igarashi says “it is a critical situation where the place we stand and our identities are fluctuating.” It is an ambitious undertaking with 76 participating artists, 50% of those international, leading it to be considered the largest contemporary art event in Japan.

Part of a series titled “Blue Print” by the architectural group Open United Studio, which aims to evoke the memories of various global cities. Fushimi Underground Shopping Street. 

Part of a series titled “Blue Print” by the architectural group Open United Studio, which aims to evoke the memories of various global cities. Fushimi Underground Shopping Street. 

Choja-machi site, Nagoya.

Scattered with signboards stating “Choja-machi textile town,” the area’s past as one of the three thriving textile towns after the war is evident. Although it was affected by the recession, in recent years the area has seen studios and galleries breathing a new life into it and the vacant buildings are now being used to exhibit art.

Wall painting on the former Tamaya building by Portuguese artist Rigo 23 who was inspired by a 1952 photograph of Nagoya workers perched on ladders. Choja-machi site.

Wall painting on the former Tamaya building by Portuguese artist Rigo 23 who was inspired by a 1952 photograph of Nagoya workers perched on ladders. Choja-machi site.

Marlon Griffiths (b.1976) working in his open studio.    Griffiths started out designing Mas (masquerade) costumes for the Carnival in his hometown of   Trinidad and Tobago  .   Choja-machi area.

Marlon Griffiths (b.1976) working in his open studio. Griffiths started out designing Mas (masquerade) costumes for the Carnival in his hometown of Trinidad and TobagoChoja-machi area.

Aichi Arts Centre and Aichi Prefectural Museum, Nagoya.

The Aichi Arts Center. Comprised of twelve floors above ground and five floors below ground it also houses an art museum, rental gallery, art theaters, the Aichi Prefectural Arts Promotion Service, and the Art Library. The Aichi Prefectural Museum is located on the tenth floor.

The Aichi Arts Center. Comprised of twelve floors above ground and five floors below ground it also houses an art museum, rental gallery, art theaters, the Aichi Prefectural Arts Promotion Service, and the Art Library. The Aichi Prefectural Museum is located on the tenth floor.

Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi’s    The Top Drawing,    2013   on the window of the 11th floor-viewing balcony of the Aichi Arts Center.

Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi’s The Top Drawing, 2013 on the window of the 11th floor-viewing balcony of the Aichi Arts Center.

Song Dong  with his installation “ Wisdom of the Poor”  2010-2013, a work the artist has been developing for years which   looks at the importance of borrowing. He believes people work in the same way as politics, moving their borders and territories to claim more power. Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art.

Song Dong with his installation “Wisdom of the Poor” 2010-2013, a work the artist has been developing for years which looks at the importance of borrowing. He believes people work in the same way as politics, moving their borders and territories to claim more power. Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art.

Han     Feng ,  Floating Cit    y   ,   2008. Tracing paper (laser print) and fish tackle thread.  150 x 600 cm.    Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art.

Han FengFloating City2008. Tracing paper (laser print) and fish tackle thread. 150 x 600 cm. Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art.

Architecture historian and member of ROJI,  Fujimori Terunobu    ’ s Flying Mud Boat,   2010. Installed outside the Nagoya City Art Museum.

Architecture historian and member of ROJI, Fujimori Terunobus Flying Mud Boat, 2010. Installed outside the Nagoya City Art Museum.

Toyo Logistics Building, Nayabashi area

A warehouse with a structure originally built for a bowling alley. This is the last time it is being used by the triennale. 

site-specific installation  Lane 61 , 2013. Wilson explains that bowling acts as a metaphor for life; the ball rolls down knocking everything over, yet the pins always come back up.   Toyo Logistics Building.

site-specific installation Lane 61, 2013. Wilson explains that bowling acts as a metaphor for life; the ball rolls down knocking everything over, yet the pins always come back up. Toyo Logistics Building.

A dramatic foam landscape continually changes in shape by the Japanese artist  Nawa Kohei.  Third floor of the Toyo Logistics Building.

A dramatic foam landscape continually changes in shape by the Japanese artist Nawa Kohei. Third floor of the Toyo Logistics Building.

Okazaki area

 30 minutes by train from Nagoya and located in the center of the former Mikawa Province, Okazaki city was once a bustling castle town. This is the first time the area has been used for the triennale.

LA-based artists   Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, collectively known as    Guerra de la Paz   , pictured in front of  Secret Garden , 2013 on the unused top floor of a shopping mall in the Higashi Okazaki Station.     While they generally source their materials from the waste bins of second-hand goods shipping companies in Miami’s Little Haiti, for their site-specific work at the Aichi Triennale they use clothes from the factories in Ozahaki.   Okazaki site.

LA-based artists Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, collectively known as Guerra de la Paz, pictured in front of Secret Garden, 2013 on the unused top floor of a shopping mall in the Higashi Okazaki Station. While they generally source their materials from the waste bins of second-hand goods shipping companies in Miami’s Little Haiti, for their site-specific work at the Aichi Triennale they use clothes from the factories in Ozahaki. Okazaki site.

Secret Garden,    detail.

Secret Garden, detail.

Okazaki CIBICO department store.

Okazaki CIBICO department store.

Palestinian-born UK-based artist  Bashir Makhoul 's   installation   Ghost, Exit Ghost  , 2012 - a 100m long cardboard maze that eventually leads to an Arab town or refugee camp. Images of East Jerusalem and a Palestinian refugee camp change as the viewer walks past. Okazaki CIBICO.    

Palestinian-born UK-based artist Bashir Makhoul's installation Ghost, Exit Ghost, 2012 - a 100m long cardboard maze that eventually leads to an Arab town or refugee camp. Images of East Jerusalem and a Palestinian refugee camp change as the viewer walks past. Okazaki CIBICO.

 

Matsumoto-cho site in the Okazaki area.

Matsumoto-cho site in the Okazaki area.

On the Ground : Sharjah Biennial 11, 2013

  

Sharjah Biennial 11. Re-Emerge: Towards a new Cultural Cartography

 

External View of the Sharjah Art Museum. Photo: Lucy Rees.

External View of the Sharjah Art Museum. Photo: Lucy Rees.

Inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecture — in particular the historical courtyards of Sharjah, where elements of both public and private life intertwine —  the curator Yuko Hasegawa proposes a new cultural cartography that reconsiders the relationships between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa to Latin America.

 

Zeinab Alhashemi. Circumvolution State of Mind. 2013. Site-specific installation, metal string, traditional fish trap. Photo: Lucy Rees.

Zeinab Alhashemi. Circumvolution State of Mind. 2013. Site-specific installation, metal string, traditional fish trap. Photo: Lucy Rees.

Courtyard in Sharjah Heritage Area. Photo: Lucy Rees

Courtyard in Sharjah Heritage Area. Photo: Lucy Rees

External view of Thilo Frank's  Infinite Rock . 2013. Mixed media, steel, aluminum, fabric, glass mirrors, wood, rope, light, swing. Photo: Lucy Rees.

External view of Thilo Frank's Infinite Rock. 2013. Mixed media, steel, aluminum, fabric, glass mirrors, wood, rope, light, swing. Photo: Lucy Rees.

Thilo Frank's  Infinite Rock . 2013. Mixed media, steel, aluminum, fabric, glass mirrors, wood, rope, light, swing. Photo: Lucy Rees.

Thilo Frank's Infinite Rock. 2013. Mixed media, steel, aluminum, fabric, glass mirrors, wood, rope, light, swing. Photo: Lucy Rees.

The opening of SB11 marked the inauguration of SAF's five new multi-functional art spaces, which have been in development since 2009. With approximately 20,000 square feet of interior space, connected by open-air courtyards and roof-top terraces, these new spaces will provide venues for SAF's growing activities and the increasing needs of its community.

 

Francis Alys, Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River. 2008.  Videos, paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographic installation. In collaboration with Julien Devaux, Rafael Ortega, Felix Blume, Ivan Bocara, Jimena Blasquez, Roberto Rubalcava, Begoña Rey, Abbas Benhnin and the kids of Tarifa and Tangier. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Haupt & Binder. 

Francis Alys, Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River. 2008.  Videos, paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographic installation. In collaboration with Julien Devaux, Rafael Ortega, Felix Blume, Ivan Bocara, Jimena Blasquez, Roberto Rubalcava, Begoña Rey, Abbas Benhnin and the kids of Tarifa and Tangier. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Haupt & Binder. 

Monir Farmanfarmaian, Untitled 8 and Untitled 1. Mirror and reverse glass painting on plaster and wood. Photo: Haupt & binder. 

Monir Farmanfarmaian, Untitled 8 and Untitled 1. Mirror and reverse glass painting on plaster and wood. Photo: Haupt & binder. 

External view of SAF new art spaces.

External view of SAF new art spaces.

Wei Liu: Merely a Mistake II. 2009-13 Exotic Lands. 2013. Installation with doors and door frames. New SAF spaces. Photo: Haupt & Binder.

Wei Liu: Merely a Mistake II. 2009-13 Exotic Lands. 2013. Installation with doors and door frames. New SAF spaces. Photo: Haupt & Binder.

Near the Sharjah heritage area on Bank Street, works could be found in the Sharjah Islamic Bank—a 1970s building soon to be demolished for reconstructing heritage housing. Sara Ramo's site-specific installation made an interesting use of the top floor.

 

External view of the Sharjah Islamic Bank. Photo: Haupt & Binder. 

External view of the Sharjah Islamic Bank. Photo: Haupt & Binder. 

Sara Ramo, The Garden From Free Zone. 2013 Site-specific installation, varied objects found inside the bank building and the basement of the Culture Department located in the Free Zone of Sharjah. Photo: Haupt & Binder.

Sara Ramo, The Garden From Free Zone. 2013 Site-specific installation, varied objects found inside the bank building and the basement of the Culture Department located in the Free Zone of Sharjah. Photo: Haupt & Binder.

On the Ground : 'Birth of a Museum' in Abu Dhabi, 2013

   Model of Saadiyat Island Cultural District. The completed cultural district will include the Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Maritime Museum, and a Performing Arts Centre. The district already includes the Manarat Al Saadiyat (open since 2009) and the UAE Pavilion (2011). Photo: Lucy Rees

 

Model of Saadiyat Island Cultural District. The completed cultural district will include the Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Maritime Museum, and a Performing Arts Centre. The district already includes the Manarat Al Saadiyat (open since 2009) and the UAE Pavilion (2011). Photo: Lucy Rees

I recently attended the opening of the much anticipated exhibition, “Birth of a Museum,” on April 22, 2013 in the galleries of Manarat Al Saadiyat - the exhibition centre on Saadiyat island where the Louvre Abu Dhabi is currently under construction.

It is the first large-scale presentation of a selection of the museum’s permanent collection. Divided into 10 thematic sections, on display are 130 of the 460 artworks already acquired. 

Following a number of delays and setbacks with the museum’s construction, the exhibition gives the viewer a hint of what is being created prior to the museum’s actual opening in 2015.

Designed by Jean Nouvel, the construction of the building began in 2009 and was initially expected to open in 2012. HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, says the exhibition aims “to evoke the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s ambiance and aesthetics, and to begin to tell the story of the birth of this museum.” 

The exhibition runs from April 22 - 20 July 2013 in Abu Dhabi and will then be presented at the Louvre Paris in October 2013.

   HE Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, HE Zaki Nusseibeh, Adviser Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Rita Aoun-Abdo, Executive Director, Culture Sector, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. Photo: Lucy Rees

 

HE Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, HE Zaki Nusseibeh, Adviser Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Rita Aoun-Abdo, Executive Director, Culture Sector, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. Photo: Lucy Rees

Standing outside the Manarat Al Saadiyat. Photo: Lucy Rees

Standing outside the Manarat Al Saadiyat. Photo: Lucy Rees

UAE Nationals and diplomats line up for the “Birth of a Museum” opening, Abu Dhabi. Photo: Lucy Rees.

UAE Nationals and diplomats line up for the “Birth of a Museum” opening, Abu Dhabi. Photo: Lucy Rees.

   Pablo Picasso, Portrait of a Lady, 1928. A practically unknown work, it has never been exhibited before, and only mentioned in A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years 1917-1932 by John Richardson. It was purchased by the Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2012. Photo: Lucy Rees

 

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of a Lady, 1928. A practically unknown work, it has never been exhibited before, and only mentioned in A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years 1917-1932 by John Richardson. It was purchased by the Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2012. Photo: Lucy Rees

Architect Jean Nouvel and friend at the exhibition opening. Photo: Lucy Rees.

Architect Jean Nouvel and friend at the exhibition opening. Photo: Lucy Rees.

Opening night at the Manarat al Saadiyat exhibition centre. Photo: Lucy Rees

Opening night at the Manarat al Saadiyat exhibition centre. Photo: Lucy Rees

Bactrian Princess. Central Asia, late third millennium BCE – early second millennium. Chlorite for the body and headdress, calcite for the face. 25cm. 

Bactrian Princess. Central Asia, late third millennium BCE – early second millennium. Chlorite for the body and headdress, calcite for the face. 25cm. 

Birth of a Museum, Vernissage.

Birth of a Museum, Vernissage.

Read my article about the exhibition in Flash Art International here 

On the Ground : Gallery hopping in Dubai

After a fantastic couple of days in Abu Dhabi for the "Birth of a Museum" exhibition opening (April 22 – 20 July 2013), I headed north to Dubai where I planned to spend just one night. Having never been before, upon arrival I immediately realised that I needed more time.

DIFC

First stop was a visit the commercial galleries at the DIFC - a Federal Financial Free Zone administered by the Government of Dubai. Free zones in Dubai stimulate business growth by providing ownership, tax incentives and assistance in setting up companies in the UAE.

Nestled among the banks and financial institutions are 12 galleries including: 

 Cuadro Fine Art Gallery 

Farjam Collection

Opera Gallery

the Empty Quarter Fine Art Photography 

Alserkal Avenue

I then spent the afternoon at Alserkal Avenue with the director of Cultural Development, Vilma Jurkute. Developed by Mr. Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, the industrial precinct featuring desiccated row of warehouses has become a vibrant cultural hub in Dubai housing 25 creative spaces including art galleries, a private art museum and auction house.  

Among the galleries are:

Ayyam Gallery

Carbon12

Etemad Gallery

Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde

Green Art Gallery

Grey Noise

Lawrie Shabibi

Salsali Private Museum 

Al Quoz. Photo: Lucy Rees

Al Quoz. Photo: Lucy Rees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramin Salsali Private Museum, Dubai. Photo: Lucy Rees.

Ramin Salsali Private Museum, Dubai. Photo: Lucy Rees.

There are plans in place to expand the Avenue by 2014.

Update: The district laid its first foundation for its 250 000 sq. ft. expansion in Al Quoz in November 2013 doubling its size with a private investment of 50 Mln AED (13.8 Mln USD) by Alserkal family. 

The Third Line, Dubai 

After a quick visit to the Gold Souk I attended the opening of an exhibition by New York-based Egyptian photographer Youssef Nabil (b.1972). 

His most recent show "Time of Transformation" at The Third Line, Dubai (April 24 - June 12, 2013), reveals Nabil's anguish about the changes taking place in Egyptian society after the recent revolution.

Youssef Nabil (b.1972) pictured at the opening of his exhibition, Third Line Gallery, Dubai. Photo: Lucy Rees. 

Youssef Nabil (b.1972) pictured at the opening of his exhibition, Third Line Gallery, Dubai. Photo: Lucy Rees. 

Above, he stands in front of two works from “The Veiled Women” series where he asked well-known women artists, actors and musicians such as Catherine Deneuve, Isabella Rosselini and Alicia Keys to pose for him wearing the traditional Middle Eastern veil. 

"Veiled Women" series. Photo: Lucy Rees   

"Veiled Women" series. Photo: Lucy Rees

 

In the above “Transformation” panels, Nabil asked performance artist Marina Abramovich and actress  Idasabelle Huppert too act out their interpretation of what the artist is feeling. Photo: Lucy Rees. 

In the above “Transformation” panels, Nabil asked performance artist Marina Abramovich and actress  Idasabelle Huppert too act out their interpretation of what the artist is feeling. Photo: Lucy Rees. 

On the Ground : Gwangju Biennale, 2013

Gwangju Korea

7 September – 11 November 2012

Roundtable 

Founded in 1995 by Yongwoo Lee in memory of the civil uprising of the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, the Gwangju Biennale is Asia’s oldest biennial of contemporary art.

This 9th edition ROUNDTABLE is curated by a group of six Asian women: Sunjung Kim, Mami Kataoka, Carol Yinghua Lu, Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, and Alia Swastika. Derived from their working method method of being geographically distant, the theme is intended as a non-hierarchal exchange concerning global cultural production and is articulated by the following six subthemes: Logging In and Out of Collectivity / Re-visiting History / Transient Encounters / Intimacy, Autonomy and Anonymity / Back to the Individual Experience / Impact of Mobility on Space and Time. 

All photos © Lucy Rees  

Read my interview with the curators here

On the Ground : dOCUMENTA(13)

The opening days of dOCUMENTA(13). Kassel,  9 June - 16 September 2012

 

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Participating artist Ryan Gander and his dealers from Lisson Gallery at the Absolut Art Bureau cocktail party to celebrate their collaboration with dOCUMENTA13. Thursday June 9.  © Lucy Rees 

View from above the Rotunda in the Fridericianum. © Lucy Rees 

View from above the Rotunda in the Fridericianum. © Lucy Rees 

Alighiero Boetti.   Mappa.  1971. Embroided Tapestry. Made in Afghanistan. 147 x 228 cm. Fridericianum. © Lucy Rees 

Alighiero Boetti. Mappa. 1971. Embroided Tapestry. Made in Afghanistan. 147 x 228 cm. Fridericianum. © Lucy Rees 

Fabio Mauri.   Forse L’arte non e’ autonomia . Doormat cuts. 200 x 420 cm. Fridericianum. © Lucy Rees 

Fabio Mauri. Forse L’arte non e’ autonomia. Doormat cuts. 200 x 420 cm. Fridericianum. © Lucy Rees 

Giuseppe Penone    .  Idea di Petree. (Ideas of Stone)  . Bronze and Stone. 2008/2010/2012.  © Lucy Rees 

Giuseppe Penone. Idea di Petree. (Ideas of Stone). Bronze and Stone. 2008/2010/2012. © Lucy Rees 

View of the Orangerie, where considerations around mapping and questions of time space and experience are explored. Artists include Tarek Atoui, Erkki Kurenniemi, Anri Sala, Jeronimo Voss, Ryan Gander, Susan Hiller, David Link, Mika Taanila and Konrad Zuse. © Lucy Rees 

View of the Orangerie, where considerations around mapping and questions of time space and experience are explored. Artists include Tarek Atoui, Erkki Kurenniemi, Anri Sala, Jeronimo Voss, Ryan Gander, Susan Hiller, David Link, Mika Taanila and Konrad Zuse. © Lucy Rees 

This white sculpture, several meters high, was designed by the Thai artists Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chai Siri. "The ghost followed us from Thailand to Kassel. Thanks to the sculpture, we recall the victims of political violence in Thailand" commented Weerasethakul. © Lucy Rees 

This white sculpture, several meters high, was designed by the Thai artists Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chai Siri. "The ghost followed us from Thailand to Kassel. Thanks to the sculpture, we recall the victims of political violence in Thailand" commented Weerasethakul. © Lucy Rees 

Mathias Ardnt, director of  Ardnt Gallery  in Berlin and Lilly Wei of  Art in America,  New York. Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney cocktail party. Il Convento. Friday June 8.  © Lucy Rees 

Mathias Ardnt, director of Ardnt Gallery in Berlin and Lilly Wei of Art in America, New York. Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney cocktail party. Il Convento. Friday June 8.  © Lucy Rees 

Lucy Rees, Lilly Wei of Art in America, and Ann Strauss, associate curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the  Metropolitan Museum of Art,  New York. © Lucy Rees 

Lucy Rees, Lilly Wei of Art in America, and Ann Strauss, associate curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. © Lucy Rees 

Mark Hughes, former director of Gallery Lelong New York, and Ann Strauss curator of Modern and Contemporary Art from the MET, © Lucy Rees 

Mark Hughes, former director of Gallery Lelong New York, and Ann Strauss curator of Modern and Contemporary Art from the MET, © Lucy Rees 

Stuart Ringholt,  Anger Workshops.  Neue Galerie. During the workshops visitors are offered the opportunity to express their anger using voice and movement to the sound of loud house music for five minutes before then embracing other members of the group. The room is closed to the public, although the sound of the workshops can be heard outside its walls. © Lucy Rees    

Stuart Ringholt, Anger Workshops. Neue Galerie. During the workshops visitors are offered the opportunity to express their anger using voice and movement to the sound of loud house music for five minutes before then embracing other members of the group. The room is closed to the public, although the sound of the workshops can be heard outside its walls. © Lucy Rees 

 

Geoffery Farmer.  Leaves of Grass  (2012) consists of hundreds of shadow puppets that have been fabricated from photographs cut out from Life, the classic American news magazine. © Lucy Rees 

Geoffery Farmer. Leaves of Grass (2012) consists of hundreds of shadow puppets that have been fabricated from photographs cut out from Life, the classic American news magazine. © Lucy Rees 

Theaster Gate’s site specific work, activating as a venue and permanent sculpture for Kassel in the dilapidated Huguenot House, built in 1826, resulting in a lived in laboratory. 1 2 ballads for the Huguenot House,  (2012). © Lucy Rees 

Theaster Gate’s site specific work, activating as a venue and permanent sculpture for Kassel in the dilapidated Huguenot House, built in 1826, resulting in a lived in laboratory. 12 ballads for the Huguenot House, (2012). © Lucy Rees 

Theaster Gate. Room detail in 12 ballads for the Huguenot House, (2012). © Lucy Rees 

Theaster Gate. Room detail in 12 ballads for the Huguenot House, (2012). © Lucy Rees 

Garden outside Theaster Gate’s work, leading to Tino Sehgal’s piece. © Lucy Rees    

Garden outside Theaster Gate’s work, leading to Tino Sehgal’s piece. © Lucy Rees 

 

Ground floor at Ottoneaum, where artworks and projects surround the question of seeds, and making the earth, life, food, art, stories, intra action and worldliness. © Lucy Rees    

Ground floor at Ottoneaum, where artworks and projects surround the question of seeds, and making the earth, life, food, art, stories, intra action and worldliness. © Lucy Rees 

 

Yan Lei.  Limited Art Project  (2011 – 2012), in the Documenta Halle. 360 works all sourced from internet searches are arranged on the ceilings, walls, and in storage shelves. © Lucy Rees 

Yan Lei. Limited Art Project (2011 – 2012), in the Documenta Halle. 360 works all sourced from internet searches are arranged on the ceilings, walls, and in storage shelves. © Lucy Rees 

© Lucy Rees 

© Lucy Rees 

Lara Favaretto.  Momentary Monument IV (Kassel)  (2012). © Lucy Rees 

Lara Favaretto. Momentary Monument IV (Kassel) (2012). © Lucy Rees 

Haegue Yang developed a new installation inspired by the architecture of a depot next to the Hauptbahnoff, Kassel’s former central train station. It consists of motorized venetian blinds performing a mechanical action. © Lucy Rees 

Haegue Yang developed a new installation inspired by the architecture of a depot next to the Hauptbahnoff, Kassel’s former central train station. It consists of motorized venetian blinds performing a mechanical action. © Lucy Rees 

dOCUMENTA 13 director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev giving a talk in the Sahwari Tent Cooperative, 2012.  The Art of Sahrawi Cooking  (2012) is a solitary ceremonial desert tent stitched by women from Western Sahara, prisoners in their own territory.  © Lucy Rees    

dOCUMENTA 13 director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev giving a talk in the Sahwari Tent Cooperative, 2012. The Art of Sahrawi Cooking (2012) is a solitary ceremonial desert tent stitched by women from Western Sahara, prisoners in their own territory.  © Lucy Rees