Private view: Thursday 26 November 6–8pm
Gallery open: monday to friday 10AM –6pm, saturday 11AM –6pm
Pilar Corrias Gallery is delighted to present ‘Wagon Wheel’: an exhibition of new works
by critically acclaimed artist Ulla von Brandenburg.
Ulla von Brandenburg works in a diverse range of media to create complex, multi-layered
narratives that investigate the thresholds that exist between reality and artifice. Working
with film; drawing; installation, and performance, von Brandenburg engages with popular
cultural forms from multiple epochs as a means to explore contemporary collective
experience. Working within seemingly archaic traditions, von Brandenburg appropriates
historical source material and transforms it into the present to tacitly reveal the rules that
govern our social reality.
For her first exhibition at Pilar Corrias Gallery, von Brandenburg will transform the upper
gallery with a labyrinthine installation of hand-made quilts. Created in response to time
spent in Memphis earlier this year, these new works take the African American patchwork
quilts used in the Underground Railroad as a point of departure. During the 19th Century,
these quilts were encoded with vital information on how to proceed on the secret network
to freedom, instructing slaves on how to prepare to escape and continue in their flight
from the colonies of the New World. For example, the Wagon Wheel pattern to which
the exhibition refers signalled slaves to pack up their tools in preparation for the long
Just as the encoded quilts functioned as both metaphors and signs, so von Brandenburg’s
abstract magnifications of quilt patterns guide the viewer on their passage through the
gallery. The journey culminates in a new 16 mm film shown here for the very first time.
Shot in Paris this autumn this silent meditation charts our passage through life exploring
the obstacles we face and resolutely overcome. Viewed alongside the seven irregularly
hung quilts, the film creates a dialogue with the quilts forming a visual language that loops
back on itself endlessly repeating and developing.
Ulla von Brandenburg was born in 1974 in Karlsruhe, Germany. She received her MA
from Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions of the artist’s
work include: Frac Ile-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris (2009); Chisenhale Gallery, London
(2009); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2008); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
(2008); Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2008); Kunstverein,
Düsseldorf (2007); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006), and Kunsthalle Zürich (2006). Recent
group exhibitions include Fare Mondi 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di
Venezia, Venice (2009); Torino Triennale ‘50 Moons of Saturn’, Castello di Rivoli Museum
of Contemporary Art, Rivoli; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo; Palazzina della
Societa Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Turin (2008); Yokohama Triennale (2008;) Biennale
Jerusalem (2008) ; P erforma 0 7 , Performa, New York (2007); Th e World as a Stage,
Tate Modern, London (2007), and Against Time, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2007).
The artist has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Kunstpreis der
Böttcherstrasse in Bremen (2007), and Arbeitsstipendium Jürgen-Ponto-Stiftung (2006).
Ulla von Brandenburg lives and works in Paris.
For further information and images please contact Isabella Maidment:
+44 (0)20 7323 7000