Mystification of the Everyday
A collaborative exhibition between Galerie 1900-2000, Neue Alte Brücke und Delmes & Zander
curated for Okey Dokey
8th - 30th of September 2017
Mystification of the Everyday is the title of a collaborative exhibition between Delmes & Zander (Cologne), Galerie 1900-2000 (Paris) and Neue Alte Brücke (Frankfurt/ M.) and was especially curated for Okey Dokey.
Mystification of the Everyday takes as a point of departure a commonplace subject and imbues it with a magical moment, an aura, a spiritual quality. Objects which may appear familiar are suddenly not: they are instilled with new meaning because they intrinsically withhold the power of becoming something completely new, both in terms of cognition and of perception. What appears to be an instantly recognizable everyday thing is something else, at once known and unknown, visionary and uncanny, comic and unsettling. At times it is turned into a token of worship and infused with a mythology of its own, often by association of sexual desire or erotic fixation. The phenomenon can permeate random objects with a spiritual essence, attribute magical qualities to them, animate them, humanize them or even lend them a soul, but it can also pervade the simplest ritual of day-to-day life or the experience of surrounding place and space. The Mystification of the Everyday elevates the banal to a fetishized subject by the power of reinterpretation, a shift in perspective, a sudden displacement, strategies of subjectification, appropriation and recontextualization and by doing so reveals the intrinsic mystery beyond the self-evident.
Okey Dokey is a joint exhibition project of galleries and exhibition spaces in Cologne and Düsseldorf with international colleagues.For this project collectively curated group shows will be developed in close cooperation with the guests and take place at the 9 different spaces of the hosts.
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