karolin schwab
your horizon is my horizon
24.11.–13.1. 2018

opening: 24.11. 2017   7 – 9 pm

We are very pleased to present the very first solo exhibition Your Horizon is My Horizon with Karolin Schwab at galerie burster. In 2016 Schwab was part of our exhibition series on view: in cooperation with Universität der Künste Berlin, where she graduated in the same year as a master student of Prof. Ai Weiwei.

For Your Horizon is My Horzion, Schwab set out on an unusual excursion in summer 2017: Within 14 days, she traveled around the Baltic Sea photographing the sea-horizon of each and every one of the adjoining countries. Her journey took her via Stralsund (Germany) to Gdynia (Poland) to Jantarny (Russia), Nida (Lithuania), Dubulti (Latvia), Pärnu (Estonia), Turku (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Bornholm (Denmark) back to Germany.

The resulting 9-part photo series shows a poetic and at the same time powerful documentary about points of view, perspectives – and above all about longings.

The sea, the horizon and infinity: The wall object A Moment of Sea, a black circle (as such a symbol of infinity) abstract and subtle, hints at a horizon line at the sea: It reminds of looking through a telescope at night.

Being physically present at a place, anchored in the very moment and yet far away in thought – this feeling remains the leitmotif in Schwab’s minimalistic works. In a reduced formal language, she makes us feel the yearning to understand what lies behind the horizon and at the same time asks:

Is not the yearning perhaps much more beautiful than the answer?

Karolin Schwab (* 1987 in Stralsund) lives and works in Berlin. Her works have been presented at the Museum Katharinenhof, Kranenburg, the Kunsthalle Erfurt and the Laoshan Museum of Art, Qingdao, China amongst others.

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