REBECCA BRODSKIS | The Passengers

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REBECCA BRODSKIS | The Passengers

Date and time

7/07/202227/08/2022

“I am a Passenger” is a line from the song by Iggy Pop of the same name. “And I ride, and I ride.” Through the dark corners of the city and below the stars that appear in the empty sky. “You know it looks so good tonight.” It actually does look good, when Rebecca Brodskis seeks to transform the status of being a passenger in the underground into a more permanent state of being. She portrays individuals, yet also couples and small groups of figures.

They are primarily young faces, also of black people or women wearing headscarves. Mostly depicted en face, but also once rotating like crazy around the pole in the train compartment – a sort of metaphysical ‘pole dance’ in the presence of madness. Revealingly, this picture is titled, “The light at the end of the tunnel” (2022). The fact that the windows of the supposed train compartment sometimes look like barred light openings in a prison brings another dimension into play – these passengers might possibly not be travelling voluntarily.

Rebecca Brodskis, born in Paris in 1988, spent her childhood between France and Morocco in a type of permanent migratory condition that bequeathed her a multitude of milieus and languages, yet also situations of lighting and excitements of colour which the trained European normally first comes to know as a traveller in adulthood. In her colour palette, carefully graded tones of yellow dominate, contrasted with green, orange and blue flecks of colour – mostly in sharply coloristic delimitation. Rebecca Brodskis describes herself as a figurative painter, nevertheless ‘with a twist’. The artistic reference points reveal themselves immediately as well: Christian Schad, Otto Dix, and in general the Neue Sachlichkeit of the 1920s. Nevertheless, filtered through a post-colonial, post-millennial sensitivity that harks back to certain creative elements, yet imparts a completely new context to them. (...)

LOCATION

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KOENIG2 by_robbygreif

Christine König Galerie was founded in 1989 in Vienna. The gallery represents a variety of internationally recognized artists and works simultaneously with a decidedly younger generation of upcoming artists. The gallery’s program and its selection of the artists reflects the central concerns of Christine König: Politics and activism, feminism, literature, as well as post-conceptual approaches.
In the last decades art has become a dominant field of action and discourse. Visual arts can help develop an understanding for socio-political and cultural processes of change. In a highly stimulating and productive climate, galleries have assumed the role of intermediaries, making a preliminary selection and using their intellectual resources in a responsible way to back and promote certain positions and artists vis-à-vis collectors.

KOENIG2 by_robbygreif is a sealed exhibition room visible in its entirety from the exterior. In its focus on young artists the space acts as a counterpoint to the ongoing exhibition program at the main gallery. The artists usually create site-specific installations for the almost square space which is accessible by appointment only.

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