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Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwade’s sculptures challenge us to question our perceptions and understanding of the reality around us.

Alicja Kwade’s (b. 1979) works play with the materiality of matter itself and the emptiness it consists of. According to the artist the world we live our everyday lives in is only based on social agreements we draft about our perceptions of it. Our understanding of reality and what we have learned to hold as solid truths is just based on our limited senses and as a consequence cannot be complete. To indicate simultaneous states of the same object and finally the existence of parallel worlds, the artist sometimes uses mirror images or reflections like a window into another reality. Her works contemplate our relationship with nature, our place in the universe and the continuous transformation of our world, also as broader philosophical questions.

Photo: Luise Müller-Hofstede