Treasury Building, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC

2022, Archival Pigment Print, framed, Edition of 5 + 2AP, certificate, 50 x 40 cm

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Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff

Calla Henkel (*1988 in Minneapolis, USA, lives and works in Berlin) and Max Pitegoff’s (*1987 in Buffalo, USA, lives and works in Berlin) artistic practice includes photography, television shows, theater, and installation. They often examine the architectural concepts of public and private buildings, questioning their logic and manifestations of changing spaces and personal and political alliances. The work Treasury Building, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC (2022) addresses government institutions in the US capital, Washington, DC. With photographic partial views of these monumental buildings, they draw attention to the discrepancy between the official building fronts, which serve as a manifestation of state power, and the hidden details of utilitarian architecture. The photograph selected for the n.b.k. Editions program was taken in 2017, on the day US President Donald Trump publicly announced that James Comey would be fired from his post as director of the FBI. It shows a detail of the plaza in front of the Treasury Department in Washington. Although its design is that of a piazza – a public gathering place – it is surrounded by a fence, making it virtually inaccessible. Henkel and Pitegoff’s works have been featured in international solo and group exhibitions, including at: Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (nomination for the National Gallery Prize, 2021); Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (2021); Fri Art Kunsthalle, Fribourg (2020); Manifesta, Marseille (2020); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2020); Kunstverein Hamburg (2018); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2016); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2016); Berlin Biennale (2016); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015). In 2016, they were awarded the prestigious Ars Viva Prize; in 2019, their project TV / New Theater was honored with the Berlin Project Space Award.