The catalog for the exhibition ‘Kill’ in the Erlanger Kunstpalais was created in collaboration with the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and treats interdisciplinary positions on killing. Michal Kosakowski’s video-installation “Do You Have Murder Fantasies?” was part of the exhibition amongst other international acclaimed artists.
Killer games, shooting sprees, honour killings, infanticides, lust murders, political murders, suicides, genocides, suicide bombers, terror attacks, wars and civil wars, the killing of civilians and killed soldiers: killing seems to have become omnipresent in our media-dominated world. But then why is this development hardly reflected in contemporary consciousness?
The aim of the exhibition is to examine this contradiction between awareness and reality. It analyses current expressions of killing in contemporary art and the way in which the unspeakable, unimaginable and unaccept able is perceived in this context. Twelve internationally renowned artists portray both the perpetrators’ and the victims’ perspective and examine killing both as a physical act and as a psychological fantasy. They create imminent pictures of killing and also develop abstract analyses of crimes. They explore social structures and individual depths, reflecting their presence in the media. (more…)