Oliver Ressler
Leave It in the Ground.

March 3 – April 24, 2015



Oliver Ressler, Leave It in the Ground (2013), exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, photo: Jens Ziehe, 2015Oliver Ressler, Leave It in the Ground (The cleanest oil), 2014Oliver Ressler, The Visible and the Invisible, 2014
Curator: Kathrin Becker

Oliver Ressler in his films and videos deals with democracy, economy, ecology as well as forms of resistance and protest against political elites and the development of alternative models. At Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Ressler shows two video-based works, which are complemented by photographs and graphics. Against the backdrop of the idyllic landscape of the Lofoten,
Leave It in the Ground (2013, 18 min) describes the climate change not as a technical or scientific, but as a political problem that in the future will provoke fundamental social and political transformations. The Visible and the Invisible (2014, 20 min) addresses the impact of the exploitation of natural resources by international commodity traders, whose headquarters are in Switzerland.

Oliver Ressler (b. 1970 in Knittelfeld, Austria, living in Vienna) studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Solo exhibitions include: Lentos Museum, Linz (2014); Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk (2014); The Cube Project Space, Taipei (2012); Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow (2011); Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (2010); Berkeley Art Museum (2006); Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul (2005). Group exhibitions include: Helsinki Photography Biennial (2014); Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2014); SALT Beyo
ğlu, Istanbul (2014); Manif d’art 7 – The Québec City Biennial (2014); Gumho Museum of Art, Seoul (2014); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2013); 55th Venice Biennale (2013); 4th Athens Biennale (2013); Gyumri Biennale (2012); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2011); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2011); Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico-City (2011); Lyon Biennale (2009); Taipei Biennale (2008); 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville (2006).

Publication

The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication Oliver Ressler: Cartographies of Protest by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, edited by Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, Marius Babias, Emanuele Guidi, Stella Rollig, in German and English, 160 pages with numerous color illustrations.

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The exhibition will be closed on Good Friday, April 3, 2015.