Elif Saydam, schläft sich durch, Courtesy of the artist
For the exhibition, Elif Saydam (b. 1985 in Calgary) draws upon the architecture and previous use of the rooms at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof: from 1st and 2nd class waiting rooms at the time the station was built at the end of the 19th century, to an interim use as a gambling hall. They reveal the ups and downs of aesthetic categorization and social groupings, the contrasts and incongruities of which Saydam continuously thematizes in their work, which is as profound as it is humorous.
The exhibition is part of Canada’s culture program as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2021 and is supported by the Embassy of Canada, Berlin.
Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof im Bahnhof über Gleis 3 & 4
Hannoversche Straße 85, D-21079 Hamburg