From 8 May to 9 June 2016 experience the world of "Transformation" on exhibit in Saint Peter's Church, Copenhagen.
The transparent panels of art are created by Bettina Winkelmann and Nurith M. Lumer-Klabbers.
Artists Bettina Winkelmann and Nurith M. Lumer-Klabbers, with German and Israeli backgrounds respectively, have lived and created in Denmark for many years. But they still carry with them the legacy of the Second World War, where trauma, stigma and cultural heritage have bound Israel and Germany together to play a central role.
FRIENDSHIP AND ARTISTIC COOPERATION
Bettina Winkelmann and Nurith M. Lumer-Klabbers have developed a close friendship, and thus decided to collaborate in an art exhibit which seeks to transform this historical enmity which they have inherited through their upbringing as a German citizen and as an Israeli Jew, respectively, following WWII.
Their solid friendship and cooperation in connection with the 70th anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the last world war, acted as the catalyst for the realization of this exhibition.
The exhibition is a tale of how two historical enemies can help one another to transform a traumatic, involuntary shared history from something destructive, into something decisively constructive. Both artists attach great importance to the aesthetic process, as well as to the flow of energy through their skillful choice of material. Furthermore, the profound lack of any recognizable or rhetorical symbols contribute to a personalized and individual open reflection for the viewer to embrace.
The artists are concerned with the transparency of personal contact, where a metamorphosis first takes place when suspicion is replaced with trust and people begin to dare to be vulnerable and open, both with themselves, with others and the world beyond. Thus, true transparency and dialogue are united together.
To illustrate this, the artists chose not to use a woven opaque canvas as a backdrop for their fused images, but rather enormous panes of Plexiglas. Mounted in undulating rows, the paintings create an effect where the images hanging behind and in front of one another are brought together, and it is here the dialogue begins. This truly emphasizes just how complex the larger picture is in reality, and the viewer is drawn again and again to meander between the rows, in order to get a more profuse understanding and not only a one-sided image.
The pictures are partly figurative; Nurith Lumer-Klabbers has drawn people and nature with sensual obsidian brush strokes contained within abstract compositions, where Bettina Winkelmann has worked the same panel with a more sober, and with almost tangible picturesque aesthetics.
Throughout the exhibit, this form creates a dialogue between the narrative and the nonverbal, as two parallel paths merge in the sequence of images.
"We do not want to contribute to the rhetoric that continues to keep the wound open," says Bettina Winkelmann. Nurith Lumer-Klabbers adds, "We want to inspire - create an energetic atmosphere where feelings and beauty go hand in hand." The works are a testimony to the obstacles removed through friendship and its redemptive potential.