Abdul Sharif Baruwa at Neuer Kunstverein Wien

Artist:Abdul Sharif Baruwa

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Venue: Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna

Exhibition Title: Hallo Austria, Hallo Vienna

Date: March 3 – April 27, 2021

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Press Release:

While the work of Abdul Sharif Baruwa takes many forms, it is a mistake to read it simply as a series of formal elements. Ultimately, we are being invited into a very personal and beautifully complex world.

Sharif’s forms emerge through intuitive processes of drawing as analysis and synthesis. This comes out of an urgent need for personal authenticity, whether relating to found objects, nature or his own production — an authenticity that the artist never takes for granted, even within the activity of occupying his own personal space.

Those formal elements, which we can somehow recognize from one piece to the next, build upon each other, a seriality of process bringing resolution to foreign aspects of objects and spaces that have captured his attention. The works reflect the activity of looking at an object and function as a mediation for taking that object into the intimate sphere of a personal life. A found branch of a tree becomes a series of drawings until the form is memorized, meanwhile Sharif imagines what it is like to lie in that tree, to be held by a tree, and it is not entirely clear anymore if the branch itself is the subject. A duvet becomes a surface for physical meditation, and perhaps an even further investigation as the artist sleeps wrapped up in the expanded network of connectivity of thoughts, feelings and actions.

Text: Francis Ruyter


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Hallo Austria, Hallo Vienna was a tv show in the nineties I used to watch with my mother and my brother on Sundays. It provided historical information and cultural highlights, in English, about the city of Vienna, and Austria in general.

The recent deportation of kids who were born, raised, and socialized in Austria, the fierce uncompromised execution of order, on the Holocaust Remembrance Day, had me deeply shocked.

It reminded me of my grandmother’s stories about growing up in South Tyrol as it became a part of Italy after World War 1, and under the fascist regime found itself in a rigorous Italianization-Project.

The consequence was the so-called ‘Option’.
People had the option whether to leave the country or to renounce Austrian culture and German language, swear by the Duce, and submit to the Fascist Regime.

Abdul Sharif Baruwa

Link: Abdul Sharif Baruwa at Neuer Kunstverein Wien

Source: contemporaryartdaily.com

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