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Karim Noureldin – Vibeke Tandberg

16. June – 27. August 2000

Kunstmuseum

Karim Noureldin
Over a period of more than two years Karim Noureldin (born 1967) created a large number of small wooden objects, which replicate the winding passages of New York subway stations. This also gave rise to a large collection of almost abstract figures which in reality form a typology of spatial memory. At the same time, the work also stands for a part of his biography: the Swiss artist has lived in New York for several years and his models represent his attempts to appropriate this city, whose arteries are the subway lines. Other works by this artist are also the result of such extensive research activities, for example, the "drawing-room" which he showed in Thun.
For this, the exhibition space was "wallpapered" with more than 1200 individual sheets in an apparently arbitrary sequence. Karim Noureldin is a space-artist, although the rooms he works with are relatively bare, though anything but empty. The artist is known for installations in which he spread huge sheets of drawing paper around rooms thus concealing their architectural structure. Karim Noureldin considerably extends the possibilities of the medium of the drawing by taking it into other dimensions. At the same time, in his sculptural work he places himself in the situation of the model, a situation marked by an essential reduction.

Vibeke Tandberg
Vibeke Tandberg (born 1967) focuses in her work on the figure. Usually this Norwegian artists use her own body as a model. Thus in a form of role play she imitates the male cinema star Robert De Niro who as a cool taxidriver, in Martin Scorsese's film of the same name, drives aimlessly round New York. In Beautiful the artist created a satire on the blonde, that traditional ideal of female beauty, whereby she so exaggerates the image that the seductive glamour becomes a grotesque mask. Tandberg has also experimented with duplicating her own person and challenging herself to a short boxing-match. Vibeke Tandberg presented photo, film and video works in Thun, some of which were on show for the first time. The artist is known above all for her digitised photographs, in which, for example, she entwines the faces of two different people. In her most recent works she has created compelling images without the help of technical extravagance, using a few simple accessories and in simple poses. By extending her personal range she can create images of a multifaceted identity, the power of which points way beyond her own person to a general cultural state.