Exhibition opening: Thursday September 6th at 8pm
Curators: Gordana Nikolić
BENEATH A STARLESS SKY AS DARK AND THICK AS INK is a larger body of work in which Doplgenger explore the complex and intricate relations of labor, war, and economy. They focus on, and question, the media representation of labor—from the phenomenon of the temporary economic migration of gastarbeiter in postwar 1960s Europe to the labor market debate around the polarization between economic and war refugees in the course of today’s massive migration into Europe. Historic literary texts that deal with different labor contexts provide the inspiration and the titles for the works created so far. The project’s title refers to the opening passage from Émile Zola’s novel Germinal describing the labor conditions of 19th-century French miners. Beneath a starless sky as dark and thick as ink is an installation that consists out of several artworks by Doplgenger.