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Kai Althoff

Galerie Nagel Draxler | Berlin

A narrative thread connects the individual works in Kai Althoff’s exhibition, “Ein noch zu weiches Gewese der Urian-Bündner (A still too soft comportment of the Urian Fraternity), 1999. In a typewritten text, Althoff tells of a fraternity of young men who have made a pact with evil. Youth, desire, and despair determine the otherworldly sphere in which they move, a sphere beyond time and corporeality. A sort of memorial to these boys’ earthly existence, the exhibition contains photos of a harmonious family and of a young, attractive, yet seemingly diabolical man, as well as sculptures in the form of angels, fashioned from wall-to-wall carpeting, supposedly the work of the young recruits. There are also seventeen works made with poster paint on paper, erotically charged depictions of the young men’s grimacing faces and wild brawls. The homoerotic aspect of this male society manifests itself

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