Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak's new work is part of the ongoing series of sculptures After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution (2009-2013), which transfers existing figurative socialist sculptures into minimalist objects of the same material, weight, historical reference and name. The scale of the new work is small compared with the original sculptures due to its abstraction. This complex relationship raises questions about historical symbolism, whilst the process of melting metal is suggestive of the end of a regime or ideology, when sculptures may be destroyed and sold as raw material. The new installation references a bronze statue in Moscow of Alexey Stakhanov, the Russian coal miner and hero of socialist labour and cast iron workers’ statues representing Industry and Construction from the Green Bridge (Žaliasis Tiltas) in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Kevin van Braak and Rossella Biscotti have worked collaboratively since 2006 on projects that focus on the symbolic meaning of architecture and monuments.
Rossella Biscotti was born in 1978 in Molfetta, Italy. For the past decade, she has been living and working between the Netherlands and her research sites. Recent solo exhibitions include: WIELS, Brussels, 2014; Sculpture Center, New York, 2014; Secession, Vienna, 2013; CAC Vilnius, 2012; and Nomas Foundation, Rome, 2009. She has participated in major international exhibitions including: 55th Venice Biennale, 2013; 13th Istanbul Biennial, 2013; Manifesta 9, Genk, 2012; and dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012. Biscotti has received several awards including the Premio Italia, Maxxi Museum, Rome in 2010.
Kevin van Braak was born in 1975 in the Netherlands and lives and works in Amsterdam. His work looks at reconstructing parts of buildings, historical objects or monuments to address the role that architecture plays in the erasure and representation of history. He has participated in group exhibitions at: Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 2014; Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna, 2012; On Stellar Rays, New York, 2012; and Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin.
Curated and produced by AV Festival.
Launch: Thu 27 February 2014, 6–8pm
Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014
Middlesbrough Railway Station (Platform 1)
Middlesbrough TS1 1EG
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