From December 18, 2019 to January 30, 2020, the BDA-Galerie Berlin is showing two photographic series by Kay Fingerle. The title of the exhibition “Whereupon the stone ran away” refers to the famous Japanese history collection Kojiki, on which the Berlin scholarship holder at the Villa Kamogawa of the Goethe Institute in Kyoto was inspired in summer 2019.
“Whereupon the stone ran away”
18 December, 2019 – 30 January, 2020
BDA Galerie Berlin
Mommsenstraße 64, 10629 Berlin
An artificial and independent picture of built nature is staged in the rocks in Nagoya, Kyoto and Himeji. This is contrasted by Kay Fingerle’s built rooms by the French architect Charlotte Perriand, which form an authentic relationship with nature. Perriand’s buildings in Les Arcs of the 1970s combine the immaculate and sensitive mountain landscape of France with the emerging mass tourism. During her stays in Japan in the early 1940s and 50s, she was particularly interested in traditional houses and their conceptual connection with nature.
By contrasting nature experience and spatial perception in an unusual way, Kay Fingerle mediates between the demarcation of the uncontrollable forces of nature through architecture and the necessary integration of nature into a hostile, because built environment.
The exhibition is curated by Astrid Bornheim, member of the board of trustees of the BDA gallery. In summer 2019, Kay Fingerle was a resident at the Villa Kamogawa of the Goethe Institute in Kyoto. There she examined “Built Images of Nature” as architecture-related natural constructions. The photographs of the exhibition were taken during this period and in the French Alps in 2017.
Kay Fingerle studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin and at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, where she worked intensively on photography as a medium for her architectural thinking. In her artistic work, she deals in particular with the question of how the room is used by its residents. Her photographs have been at MoMA New York, the Whitechapel Gallery London, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the bauhaus archiv I Museum for Design Berlin, and the Palazzo Fortuny Venice. Fingerle is a member of the German Werkbund Berlin. In 2016 she received the artist grant from the “Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani” in Venice. In summer 2019 she was a resident at the Villa Kamogawa of the Goethe Institute in Kyoto.