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Nothing Escapes My Eyes - David Krippendorff

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Tweede Kostverlorenkade 50
1053 SB Amsterdam
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Open Wed - Sat / 13-18 hrs
+ by appointment

Exhibition 21 Jan — 25 Feb

Opening 21 Jan, 17-19 hrs

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In the solo exhibition Nothing Escapes My Eyes, David Krippendorff presents his most recent film, accompanied by a series of works on paper and a previous video work. Using diverse forms of expression, Krippendorff explores issues of cultural identity, belonging, and the pressure to conform.

Nothing Escapes My Eyes (2015 - Best Short Film at the Berlin Short Film Festival 2016) is a dramatic short film inspired by the famous opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. In it, we see a woman sitting in front of a dressing room mirror, in the process of shedding one identity for another. While she reluctantly removes her ancient Egyptian costume and make-up in exchange for a modern wardrobe, the camera gradually reveals the setting. The woman is actually sitting in the middle of an empty parking garage, at the Opera Square in Cairo. The Square is named after the Royal Opera House, where Verdi’s Aida premiered in 1871. Exactly one hundred years later the Opera House was completely destroyed by fire, and later replaced by a multi-storied parking garage. Just as the identity of the city of Cairo underwent a series of transformations due to a colonial past and current golbalism, Krippendorff’s character is also depicted as a person trying to adapt her identity to the dominating culture.  

David Krippendorff (Berlin, 1967) is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Berlin. He grew up in Rome and was trained as a painter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, where he graduated in 1996. His films and videos have been shown internationally, for instance at the New Museum (New York), the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), the Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg), and the Museum on the Seam (Jerusalem). The Deutsche Bank, the Deutsche Bahn and KPMG Deutsche Treuehand-Gesellschaft have acquired his work; as well as top private collectors such as Alison and Peter Klein.

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