Natascha Sadr Haghighian. passing one loop into another 
Hannah Höch Advancement Award 2020

June 12 – July 31, 2020



Natascha Sadr Haghighian. passing one loop into another, exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2020 © photo: Jens ZieheNatascha Sadr Haghighian. passing one loop into another, exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2020 © photo: Jens ZieheNatascha Sadr Haghighian. passing one loop into another, exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (detail), 2020 © photo: Jens ZieheNatascha Sadr Haghighian. passing one loop into another, exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2020 © photo: Jens ZieheNatascha Sadr Haghighian. passing one loop into another, exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (detail), 2020 © photo: Jens Ziehe
Curator: Anna Lena Seiser

Natascha Sadr Haghighian develops installations, video and audio works, as well as performative interventions which reveal the infrastructures and conditions of our social order. Taking current and historical events as a point of departure, the artist addresses how our scope of action, structure of the gaze, and ultimately our thinking are formed. She shows the complex interdependencies and the mutual interpenetration of technology, politics, systems of value creation, and the biological, and calls into question our anthropocentric self-understanding.

In 2020 Sadr Haghighian was honored by the State of Berlin with the Hannah Höch Advancement Award for outstanding artistic achievements by mid-career artists. On the occasion of her award, the artist is presenting a series of works in the Showroom of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) in which diverse thematic strands are interwoven in the figure of an animal. The central installation,
passing one loop into another (2017) focuses on the Asian tiger mosquito. Originating in the subtropical regions of Southeast Asia, the insect was discovered to be a carrier of pathogens and diseases such as the Zika virus. The tiger mosquito was first sighted in Italy in the early 1990s, a time marked by increasing global warming as well as the ratification of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) on the deregulation of world trade. To protect themselves from the mosquito, the Italians developed a novel alliance with the native Pippistrellus, a microbat that feeds on insects. The installation shows a larger-than-life model of the tiger mosquito enthroned above a pallet loaded with industrial yarn reels. The yarn comes from the town of Prato, northwest of Florence, a center of the globalized textile industry. Above the insect, resound echolocation hunting calls by the nocturnal pipistrelli, lowered to frequencies audible to humans.

The title,
passing one loop into another represents an instructional step for making string figures, a cultural technique used worldwide, in which a looped string is linked with the hands via several, algorithmically describable intermediate steps to form an image or geometric figure.

Natascha Sadr Haghighian represented Germany at the Venice Biennale 2019 and participated in both Documenta 13 (2012) and Documenta 14 (2017). On the occasion of the exhibition at n.b.k., an extensive catalogue will be published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne.


Swarm.7 by Diane Barbé

In the context of the exhibition passing one loop into another the Berlin based sound artist Diane Barbé created the interacitve sound piece Swarm.7 for the n.b.k. website – it can be individually activated and listened to here:
www.nbk.org/en/passing_one_loop_into_another.html


Exhibition talks

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7 pm
Artist Talk with Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Anna Lena Seiser (Head of the n.b.k. Video-Forum)
In German

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 7 pm
Natascha Sadr Haghighian in conversation with Fahim Amir (philosopher and writer, Vienna)
In German

All events take place with a limited number of participants – registration required.
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The exhibition is funded by the cultural affairs department of the Berlin Senate.

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is funded by the LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin.