In the solo exhibition designed for the real and virtual gallery under the title Der wunde Punkt (The Sore Spot), Veronika Merklein focuses on silent pain and quietly scratching on the bottom of nightmarish life events, depressing emotional intensity and mute conversations with one another. Veronika Merklein's work is always personal, but not necessarily autobiographical. Using imagery and poetic language, the artist shows a sober understanding of a situation that cannot be changed. Her strategy is to capture unspeakable personal, social and political problems in ways ranging from humorous to painful, and to make them visible and speak for those people who are incapable of doing so at this moment. These works initiate a sequence of return (recollection), liberation (imagination) and reinvention (storytelling).
For SALON VIRTUAL, the virtual exhibition space of galerie michaela stock, Veronika Merklein has compiled both never-before-exhibited and new works from the last 12 years (2009-2021). Veronika Merklein uses the virtual gallery space to newly contextualize her art; many of the works shown are of a performative, temporary and ephemeral nature, which in some form move along the interface between image and text. The artist uses 3D simulations to experience the documentation of the performances shown for a second time, in completely new way. A still life performance, for example, is brought back into a plastic space, typefaces float in the room like a hallucination and the 5-meter-high light-colored walls seem oppressive and give the exhibit an even greater sense of urgency. The photo series Sitting in the Closet, or The Silent Neighbor and drawings of the series Phlegma Loop are only a few of the "sore spots" of our society that are shown. Suicide on a smiley balloon or an anthropomorphous body lying in a neglected apartment show how Merklein uses her own body both as a subject and as an object in the works of art and how it even gets forced out in the end. In SALON REAL, a small selection of these works is presented.
1_Talking with Anna Mendelsohn, performer and psychotherapist in training under supervision: "Speaking about the unspeakable":
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