Plamen Dejanov & Swetlana Heger

Mehdi Chouakri | Fasanenplatz

Those who showed up for the Dejanov & Heger opening found the gallery closed for vacation—or so a notice pasted on the shutters declared. The Vienna-based artists contributed a similar sign to the Vienna Secession’s 1997 “x-squared” exhibition, even going on holidays for the duration of that group show. For their Berlin debut, the pair decided that the gallery—artworks and gallerist included—deserved a rest. The installation Parallel Life (Plenty Objects of Desire), 1998, sat idle in the space while the gallery owner, Mehdi Chouakri, was off in the Canary Islands. On his return two weeks later, visitors could inspect an album of holiday snapshots, which Chouakri himself made for the exhibition, or they could pine after objects displayed on an impressive lime-and-pink platform: a drawing by Karen Kilimnik, a glass model car by Daum, vases by C-22 and Cenedese & Albarelli, a Vistosi lamp,

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