David Zink Yi @ n.b.k. (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein), March 2nd, 2012

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The exhibition is premiering the video installation Horror Vacui (2009) two-channel video installation which runs for two hours documents rehearsals of the Latin band De Adentro y Afuera, founded by the artist together with Cuban musicians, and combines these images with footage showing rituals rooted in Afro-Cuban culture: Cajon, Tambor Batá, and Wiro from Palo Monte, an Afro-Cuban cult related to Santería and the religion of the Yoruba (practiced primarily in Nigeria and Benin) which is the root of a range of religious traditions in several countries of the Americas. By juxtaposing the band rehearsals and the ritual practices as equipollent elements in his video, Zink Yi examines the structural similarities between music-making and religious performance. The key to this semblance is that both think the emerging musical space as a collective plethora, a polyrhythm made possible by the rhythmical structure of the clave that pervades the entire piece. Zink Yi’s Horror Vacui sheds light on practices that allow individual and collective identities to emerge outside of models that assert identity by means of aggressive oppositions. The artist highlights alternatives to restrictive notions of cultural identity built on relations of power and inferiority.

Also in the exhibition it is presented Twilight Images a series of pictures, gelatin silver prints on baryta paper, that show a public park in Havana at night. There are different themes and areas of interest in Zink Yi’s work intersect in the portrait of Havana: the utopian visions of social revolutionaries, the stark reality of socialism, the cults and rites of the Afro-Cuban population. The black-and-white time exposures document a subtle play of light, a twilight heightened by the presentation in the exhibition space. The photographs are set into recesses of identical size, which are integrated into the exhibition architecture and presented in such a fashion that natural as well as artificial light shines through them, revealing, depending on its intensity, a wide variety of structures and shadings within the picture. As the lighting conditions change, the pictorial space changes accordingly.

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Curated by Kathrin Becker. Text source: http://www.nbk.org/en/ausstellungen/


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