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Berlin Fassaden
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Asta Gröting Berlin Fassaden
Edited by Andreas Fiedler.
Texts by Andreas Fiedler and Deborah Levy.

Graphic design: Asta Gröting and Knut Wiese.
published in February 2018
bilingual edition (English / German)
21 x 29,6 cm (softcover)
56 pages (46 b/w ill.)
ISBN: 978-3-95679-356-1
EAN: 9783956793561
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Exhibition catalogue documenting the eponymous sculptural project showcasing silicone impressions of Berlin's bullet-ridden facades from the Second World War. These architectural traces embody trauma and time, from the war to nowadays. The publication catalogues these facades and focuses on the making of the project. It features a text by writer Deborah Levy.
This publication accompanies the first comprehensive presentation of Asta Gröting's project BERLIN FASSADEN. For her exhibition at KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Gröting covered the walls and floors with sculptural silicone impressions of Berlin facades containing traces of bullet holes from the Second World War. Functioning like slow-exposure photographs, the sculptures capture the history of the facades, from the bullet's impact during the war to the present day. Gröting reconstructs wounds as architectural traces and translates them into abstract pictures. Dust, dirt, and even graffiti are applied to the silicon casts, giving the negative imprints an almost painted effect, embodying trauma and time in a ghostly silicone skin. As Groting writes, “I want to look from inside these destroyed walls and facades into the world—as if I could see my own face staring back at me.”
This exhibition catalogue, conceived with the artist, focuses on the making of BERLIN FASSADEN by presenting the artist's original photographs of Berlin's bullet-ridden facades alongside images depicting the on-site making of the silicon casts. The precise section of the facade is revealed and catalogued with its corresponding location, dimensions, and date. An accompanying essay by writer Deborah Levy explores the inner voice of the holes, scars, and histories transcribed on the architectural surfaces of buildings in Berlin.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, from September 10 to December 3, 2017.
Asta Gröting (born 1961 in Herford, Germany, lives and works in Berlin) is an artist, working with sculpture, performance, and video. Since 2009, she is professor of fine art at the Braunschweig University of Art.