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Agnes Scherer

In conversation with
Gijs Frieling

As part of the exhibition: The Salty Testament
This took place before the opening on 10/10/2020

The artists invited to realize a project at 1646 are asked to engage in conversation with a correspondent via email or DM, be it someone previously unknown to them or whom they’re already familiar with.

This conversation spans the period before an exhibition is completed. 1646 invites the correspondent at the other end of this exchange to ask questions so they may be guided through the artist’s decision-making process and how their initial ideas develop toward completion. It provides insight into the artist’s body of work and is intended to paint a picture of the otherwise untraceable choices that constitute the artist’s practice.

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About Agnes Scherer: Agnes Scherer (1985, lives and works in Berlin) develops her own formats of presentation, which allow her to actively ‘show’ instead of ‘exhibit’. Scherer implements hand made artifacts into holistic theatrical frameworks and with her elaborate operettas and narrative installations she unfolds pictorial arrangements in space and time — orchestrating the viewer’s experience and directing their gaze. This way, she produces situations that feel both playful and urgent, raising existential questions and transporting critical discourses. Scherer uses these showing practices to explore how they can lend artists and their works a magical agency. Scherer‘s first operetta Cupid and the Animals was granted the Nigel Greenwood Art Prize in 2015 and within the years 2017/2018 presented at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, as well as by TRAMPS in London and New York. In 2019, her second elaborate work within this format, The Teacher, was presented by Kinderhook & Caracas in Berlin. The artist‘s narrative installation The Very Hungry at the Berlin project space Horse & Pony, was granted the Berlin Art Prize in 2019. Alongside her artistic practice, Agnes Scherer writes essays within Art History and Cultural Anthropology.

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