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"Joe Coleman: Internal Digging"
2007-05-26 until 2007-08-12
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Berlin, , DE Germany

Running until August 12, 2007, the exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, "Internal Digging" shows for the first time in Germany panel paintings and drawings, films and performances, as well as large parts of Joe Coleman's "Odditorium", a cabinet of curiosities built up over decades filled with relics, specimens, documents, and oddities. The exhibition is curated by Susanne Pfeffer. KW Institute for Contemporary Art is regularly listed among Germany's foremost modern art institutions and attracts international media coverage. KW has no collection of its own but instead views itself as a laboratory for communicating and advancing contemporary cultural developments in Germany and abroad by means of exhibitions, workshops and resident artists' studios, as well as by collaborating with artists or other institutions and by commissioning works.

"It's as if we grew up in the same house. And one day he went out the back door and I went out the front." Truman Capote

Bikers, serial killers, hillbillies, prostitutes, escapologists and elephant men, curiosities and rarities - the injured and maltreated are the actors in the disturbing image worlds of the American artist Joe Coleman (*1955). Firmly rooted in the underground, he brings the American nightmare, the society beyond society, to the fore. In his pictures, Coleman reveals to us the dark sides of human existence and opens up an abysmal realm from which we ourselves are merely a tiny step away. Allusions to icon painting, sumptuous details, and references from all areas of pop and pulp culture in his works are condensed to an obsessive image universe.


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