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Nina Könnemann

Galerie Borgmann • Nathusius

Rarely have I felt so lost as in viewing the videos of Nina Könnemann. Lost, because I couldn’t determine the place or the time period in which they were filmed, or even what was taking place in them. Were the events I was observing real, or had they been staged? In this footage, reality seemed to blend into fiction—or was it fiction turning into reality? In this, her first gallery exhibition, Könnemann, who studied at Hamburg’s Hochschule für Bildende Kunst (Academy of Fine Art), shows young people running around in artificially lit spaces, subway stations, perhaps. They seem to have been on their feet for a few hours: Their appearance is disheveled, their gait unsure, their facial expressions apparently impaired by alcohol or drugs. Where have they been, where are they going, what have they been through? Aimlessly, as though guided by some external force, they wander around, stop and

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