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Konschthal Esch Presents “Schaufenster”

by Hannah Sroka

Konschthal Esch, a contemporary arts museum in Esch-sur-Alzette, is currently undergoing renovations. However, until it reopens in autumn 2021, it’s presenting an exhibition cycle called Schaufenster, or “window”. Artists featured will be both international and local, and the exhibition is meant to spark a conversation about how contemporary topics are represented in today’s art world.

Schaufenster 3, the most recent exhibition in the cycle, opened on July 3 and closes on August 29. This exhibition is in collaboration with the European Photography Month program, so the theme is “Rethinking Nature/Landscape”. The two featured artists will be Caecilia Tripp and Armand Quetsch. Additionally, on the opening day, photographs commissioned by Philippe Roguet will be displayed. The photographs show industrial buildings on the Lentille Rouge site.

Caecilia Tripp’s work is called “Liquid Earth”, and it was developed with time capsules in space, ZOME and its founder Theodore Wohng, and Wohng’s space collaborator Jonathan Nguyen. ZOME is based on modern technology, philosophy, and Australian Aboriginal culture, specifically their ways of perceiving space, time, and landscape. It’s also interwoven with music, memories, and dreams.

While in Bourglinster in 2018, Tripp focused her work on the Minett region. Having been inspired by the philosophy of Edouard Glissant, who believed the landscape is an active “character” in history, Tripp combined images of erupting volcanoes with choreographed dance. The images and dances Tripp uses are further inspired by the fact that Glissant thought the landscape was an active rather than a passive character. The sounds you’ll hear over the video are inspired by the Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The dancer in the video is Georges Maikel Pires Monteiro, a Luxembourger with Cape Verdean parents.

Tripp’s work has previously been exhibited in MOMA (New York, USA), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), MOMA Paris, and De Appel (Amsterdam, Netherlands).

Armand Quetsch’s work involves covering railway pillars with images representing tree trunks. This is because Quetsch wanted the viewer to feel like they’re walking through a forest, which is a bit ironic given the exhibit’s placement nearby a busy road. The pillars have an almost negative image, which forces the viewer to rethink nature—the theme of European Photography Month!

The photographs displayed on the opening day are also significant. Roguet was inspired by the historical heritage of Rout Lëns and urban landscapes. The photographs are meant to represent an architectural metaphor for the human condition, and they’re both rigorous and immersive to look at. Every detail, even down to the space, volumes, and intervals, was carefully considered.

Konschthal Esch hopes that by providing a space for contemporary artists to display their art, they can inspire important conversations about the future of the planet and art in general. They want to encourage questioning things and encouraging transformation, as that’s what their future programs will be centered around.

If you’re interested in seeing any of this art, head over to Konschthal Esch (29-33 Boulevard Prince Henri, L-4280 Esch-sur-Alzette) this July and August! We’re looking forward to checking this exhibit out and encourage everyone else to as well!

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