Mic Enneper

Kunsthalle Cologne

A long, enclosed black ramp, the walls of which are topped with 20 round steel pipes lying across them, forms a space that narrows as it recedes, exerting a powerful suction that ends somewhere in the darkness. Wondering where it will end, we walk along the almost 65-foot-long wall, eventually coming upon a second structure, in back of the ramp. This structure consists of two cubes linked to the ramp by a ceiling plate. The blocks form a rectangular interior that cannot be entered. A sheet of glass separates the viewer from its leaden-gray inner walls, on which five steel tips on two facing sides are attached at eye level. These tips appear menacing; they loom from the wall like ritualized torture instruments.

Lager 50° 56’/6° 57’ Nord-Ost (Camp 50° 56’/6° 57’ northeast, 1991) is Mic Enneper’s largest installation to date. The numbers in the title refer to Cologne’s longitude and latitude;

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