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Grimanesa Amorós: OCUPANTE
Ludwig Museum Koblenz, February 14 - April 10, Opening Reception, February 14, 11am

Courtesy of the artist and Ludwig Museum Koblenz, renders by Grimanesa Amorós Studio, Copyright © 2016

Grimanesa Amorós is an interdisciplinary artist with diverse interests in the fields of social history, scientific research and critical theory, Through her art she conveys an ephemeral wonder, entrancing the viewers from all different backgrounds and communities to become agents of empowerment. She makes use of sculpture, video, and lighting to create works that illuminate our notions of personal identity and community. Light is one of her primary materials because it creates presence without physicality. In many occasions, it can be easily taken for granted, since much of what humans perceive comes from light, yet even that which is apparent can be mysterious. Amoros is always looking for the instance when light, is in its changing forms, makes us contemplate and experience an ordinary circumstance in a different way. In many occasions, it can be easily taken for granted, since much of what humans perceive comes from light, yet even that which is apparent can be mysterious. She uses her art as an agent for empowerment to involve viewers from all different backgrounds and communities.

A dream and the reality of life… 

OCUPANTE, was inspired by Koblenz, a city near Frankfurt and The Deutsches Eck ("German Corner”), where the Moselle joins the Rhine. At this location, they said they are three parts of the Berlin Wall, now dedicated to the "victims of the division”.
As economic globalization is being embraced and celebrated by many countries around the world,  there are countries, frontiers and borders, espousal immigration, instead of scheming methods to prevent immigrants from crossing those newly "open borders".
Over and over, It has been proven throughout history that borders disallow assimilations between people and cultures, lending to an enormous social inequality and an astounding disequilibrium of political power.
Presently, Syrian's are being forced to leave their homes and country, they have been trying to find new homes and lives in countries all over Europe.Germany, has been helping refugees to seek their dreams of security and safety; for them and their families. Although, many have escaped the oppression and violence, some did not. Sadly, many did not reach European shores, the ones that did became an OCUPANTE of a physical space, that they could claim their own…
My goal with this installation is to take the viewer on a trip through different physical spaces trough out the Musuem. The objective is to create a space where the viewer becomes the OCUPANTE of their own dream and physical realities. It is time for all of us to present to the world a new image, a contemporary image of progress and culture, beyond being a dormitory of angst.
An image of creativity and actuality. An image of a dynamic and progressive place where culture is created, not only consumed. A living culture is one that creates and enhance creativity.

Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Danziger Freiheit 1, 56068 Koblenz, Telefon +49-261-304040, Städtische Museen Koblenz

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