Kölnischer Kunstverein, Hahnenstr. 6, 50667 Cologne

Opening 14 April 2016, 7:00 p.m.

15.4. – 19.6.2016 Andro Wekua

Andro Wekua, born in 1977 in Georgia, has over a period of more than ten years made some of the most mysterious contributions to more recent contemporary art.

Taking his own biography as a starting point, which has been greatly influenced by experiences of civil war in his home country, the work of Wekua revolves around the questions of how personal or collective memory is constituted, of what the true content of an individual or global memory is and what belongs to fiction, imagination and interpretation in this context. The image creations realised by the in the meantime Berlin-based artist usually show something frightening and uncanny, and refer to processes of the unconscious.

The foundation of Andro Wekua's work is usually provided by images gathered from newspapers, magazines, films or photo albums, which he removes from their original contexts and lends a new presence through a variety of processes. This principle characterises both the paper works, drawings and paintings of the artist, as well as his sculptures, installations and films. Regardless of the respective medium, Wekua's works appeal directly to the emotional world of the viewer, even when these not seldom resist a clear reading, which contributes to enhancing their uncomfortable impact.

artothek – Raum für junge Kunst, Am Hof 50, 50667 Cologne

Opening reception 15.04.2016, 8:00 p.m.

16.04. – 28.05.2016 Sabrina Fritsch

Sabrina Fritsch (ART COLOGNE Award for NEW POSITIONS 2015 / sponsored by Deutsche Telekom) 'NEW POSITIONS' is ART COLOGNE's international sponsorship programme for young, innovative artists supported by the German Federal Government, Koelnmesse – the Fair organizers – and the Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien und Kunsthändler (BVDG).

Sabrina Fritsch, winner of the ART COLOGNE Award for NEW POSITIONS 2015, will present at the artothek on April 2016 a selection of new, large-sized paintings. The solo show at Cologne's “artothek – Raum für junge Kunst” is part of the award which is made possible through the support of Deutsche Telekom. Sabrina Fritsch convinced the jury with her handling of surfaces and textures. Pictorially precise, she develops varnished colour spaces in contrast with dense and yet textured material. With her paintings and prints she makes a strong and independent statement on poetic painting.

Temporary Gallery - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst/ Center for Contemporary Art, Mauritiuswall 35, 50676 Cologne

T: +49-221-30234466

Opening reception: Thursady, 14 April, 07:00 p.m.

Between One Time and Another
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Fadlabi, Rana Hamadeh, Kapwani Kiwanga

Shifted from a familiar mental movement, we suddenly find ourselves in the middle - in between objects, between this and that meaning, between one fiction and many others.

"Between One Time and Another" unhinges a series of narratives and stories, re-choreographing them in a different way. Documented as fragments, suspended in time and decomposed into narrative textures and ideological strands, they are investigated, filtered and rearranged in a new light.

Narratives and stories take on a different sort of legibility, giving insight into the workings of their historical effects. Arranged in seemingly static configurations, the artists refract the light of historical facts, turning cartographies upside down. They speculate on future pasts, question stratigraphic oracles and expose new concepts of ‘otherness’ as outdated strategies of alienation. Mute things are given a voice and once forgotten ideas reappear as fantastic interpretations of today's power relations, yielding a collection of told stories and untold histories, strange encounters with local heroes and fossil witnesses of colonial inversion. Together they create a multi-perspective projection machine, sharpening our eye to narrative layers of power, violence and hegemony over the supposed ‘other’.

Special opening hours during ART COLOGNE April 15 - 17, 11:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.

Hours: Thursday to Friday 02:00 p.m. - 06:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 01:00 p.m. - 05:00 p.m.