Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
With the exhibition ‘There is No Separation’ Neuer Kunstverein Wien is pleased to present a solo show by the artist Sophie Utikal. The expansive in situ installation of hand-sewn textile works navigates the viewer through a liminal space filled with ambivalence and uncertainty. On fabric panels several metres high and wide, figures applied with powerful stitches explore threshold experiences, surveying the in-between zones of different states, as well as the intertwining of topographies and temporalities. Dedicated to those whose biographies are usually underrepresented, Utikal’s works focus on the body and its language:
‘My art is for those whose biographies are not represented in media or in a structural way: First, second, third generations of migrants in Germany, hybrids who constantly fall out and have to re-establish their own worlds. I believe that it is necessary to be seen in one's own complexity in order to be. I believe that there are many different worlds at the same time that are interconnected. When my world ends, so does yours.’read more