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Solo Exhibition

»Remains in Development«

Felicity Hammond

Curated by Dr. Kathrin Schönegg, co-produced with Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp

Currently closed, and extended until Mar 14, 2021 / Vorübergehend geschlossen, und verlängert bis 14. März 2021

Smiling and larger than life, the perfectly styled single woman of the future gazes out at us. Her light-drenched luxury apartment in a glass-fronted skyscraper towers over a futuristic urban panorama. By now, we’ve long grown accustomed to such oversized advertisements and colorful billboards in the public space, to the point where we hardly notice them, at least not consciously. But still, such images cleverly play on our hopes and desires. They promote the glossy opportunities an urban life promises, albeit one that has come to seem suspiciously interchangeable across the world’s metropolises.

In her work, British artist Felicity Hammond confronts the social, political, and economic contradictions of the postmodern city, whose buildings and façades shape our collective identity and open up a future by obliterating the past. Hammond’s large- scale collages combine found images from glossy real estate brochures with her own photographs. They are reminiscent of apocalyptic historic images, but they never reveal the locations of the places they show or how they relate. Instead, the collages reflect the increasing homogenization of big cities, resulting from a process of urban development steered by power struggles between international real estate companies, profit-driven investors, and gentrification critics.

In Hammond’s work, advertising’s bold promises meet postindustrial mise-enscènes formed of car tires, construction debris, bags of plaster, wooden pallets, and abandoned materials from large-scale construction sites. It appears that – when it comes to urban planning—digitality and reality, plan and execution, utopia and dystopia exist in close proximity. Only partly framed, Hammond’s collages are often displayed open to the environment in which they are shown. The artist adapts the materials and format of the work to fit the given exhibition space. In doing so, she underscores the lack of materiality and the variability of the digital image. Lacking a fixed form, the work extends from the wall into three-dimensional space.

Capital Growth, Vinyl Print, 2015, 262 x 445 cm © Felicity Hammond
World Capital, Vinyl Print, 2019, 226 x 368 cm © Felicity Hammond
Property (Detail), Inkjet-Print auf Dibond, Holz, Farbe, Jute, Sand, 2017 © Felicity Hammond
Remains in Development (Installationsansicht), Co-Produktion von der Kunsthal Extracity, Antwerpen, und C/O Berlin, 2020 © Tomas Uyttendaele © Felicity Hammond

With Remains in Development, C/O Berlin presents Felicity Hammond’s first solo show in Germany. The exhibition draws on the artist’s monograph Property (2019) and translates elements from the book into three-dimensional space for the first time. Hammond thus brings together key works in her artistic oeuvre in a new constellation: collages and sculptural objects are displayed alongside an installation that draws attention to the chroma key process employed in film and photographic technology, used to digitally remove greenscreen backgrounds, which are replaced by other images for advertising pamphlets and posters. In tandem with the exhibition at C/O Berlin, Hammond will display her artworks on advertising columns, thus returning them to an urban context. These five objects will be positioned at B-Part Am Gleisdreieck, in front of Kühlhaus Berlin in Luckenwalder Straße and around Amerika Haus.

The exhibition, curated by Dr. Kathrin Schönegg, is co-produced with Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp.

Felicity Hammond (b. 1988 in Birmingham, UK) received an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London in 2014 and is currently a Contemporary Art Research PhD candidate at Kingston University, UK. Alongside solo shows in England, the Netherlands, and Canada, Hammond has exhibited her work at international group shows at Photographers’ Gallery (2018), Fotomuseum Winterthur (2017), Tate Modern (2016), and FOAM Amsterdam (2016), among others. Her work has been nominated for a number of awards, most recently the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize (longlist, 2019). She has been awarded the Lumen Art Prize (2018), FOAM Talent (2016), and the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award (single image winner, 2016). Hammond’s first book, Property, was published in 2019 by Self Publish, Be Happy. She lives and works in London.

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5 € plus admission fee. Duration ca. 60 min.
Individual guided tours (English and other languages) and guided tours for classes can be booked as well.
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Sep 24 + Oct 22 + Nov 12, 2020, 7 pm
After Work Tour + Drink
Held in German. 17 € incl. exhibition, tour & drink.
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Simultaneous exhibitions at C/O Berlin:
Michael Danner »Migration as Avant-Garde«
Harald Hauswald »Voll das Leben!« Retrospektive

EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography 2020
Part of EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography 2020
Oct 1 — 31, 2020
C/O Berlin Foundation

Sep 12, 2020 — Jan 23 extended until Mar 14, 2021
Opening Reception: Due to corona restrictions, no exhibition opening will be held.
Framework program: please see above

Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin
[District: Charlottenburg | Borough: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf]

Opening hours: Daily 11 am – 8 pm

Admission: 10 € / reduced 6 € | Online Ticket

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