What is so terrible about craft?
November 23 – Dezember 1, 2019
Andrea Büttner’s new moving image work considers how Western European traditions of craft have been infused with models for life and ways of being. The artist questions whom these models are serving, and how craft is deployed to “heal the wounds of Modernism”. The film considers craft’s ongoing relation to reactionary political movements, its role in national narratives and religious identities, as well as its solutions for societal discontents.
Andrea Büttner lives a in Berlin and London. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Bergen Kunsthall; the Hammer Art Museum, Los Angeles; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; MMK, Frankfurt am Main; Kunsthalle Wien; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (US). Her work has also been included in Documenta 13, Kassel and Kabul, and the 33rd and 29th São Paulo Biennial. In 2017 Büttner was nominated for the Turner Prize. Her book Beggars was recently published by Koenig Books, and includes texts by Anne Carson and Linda Nochlin. In 2019, her forthcoming book Shame will be published by Koenig Books in collaboration with KW.
Andrea Büttner, Little Sisters: Lunapark Ostia, 2012, video still, courtesy the artist / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Andrea Büttner's new film What is so terrible about craft? is commissioned by the KW Production Series, a co-production by Julia Stoschek Collection and Outset Contemporary Art Fund.