BauSchau Düsseldorf, Brehmstraße 41
The exhibition can be seen through the window, appointments via email
At the end of the quiet staircase stands a small building the size of a thumb. It is a fresh and soft house that stands there waiting, built of sandcoloured stone. The walls are all the same size, building a perfect square of a house. One has to go down to one’s knees to inspect it more closely: every wall has five blue windows, and each window is decorated with hanging yellow figures, holding green torches. The figures are glittering in the light, turning and falling, picking themselves up and dancing, never without grace or lack of speed. Lemons, red and bitter, had fallen from the trees and like jewels are spread on dusty black tiles surrounding the small house. Some lemons had cracked open from the fall. Their bright-coloured orange, yellow and sometimes deep red flesh was now exposed, glistening in the midday sun.
In my work I am searching for the inbetween. I am fascinated by the dream-state, where time and space are doubled. Physical spaces which cannot be linked to one specific function, as well as architectures which are somewhere between the inside and the outside, for me, are a symbol for such a state of dreaming. In the city one might find courts and gardens, reliefs on walls, mosaics, elevated places, fountains, unforeseen pockets of green as well as playgrounds. Perceiving and experiencing them, these spaces impart something ambiguous, something temporary and free, which they carry within themselves. They open up questions and invite one to stay. At the same time they ask for movement through them, in order to look at them. Always, drawings are the starting point. Thinking of the flatness and the way paper is restricted by its four sides and corners, I try to come closer to such an inbetween space. The drawing enters space in different ways, and during the process of working, a new level opens up between the dimensions.
Nura Afnan-Samandari, born in 1993, is currently studying at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Prof. Lena Newton as well as Sabrina Fritsch. In 2017 she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at the University of Cologne.