Der Blinde Fleck: Hew Locke’s “Cui Bono”

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Here are new photos (all by Indra Khanna) of Hew Locke’s installation “Cui Bono” [see previous post Hew Locke’s “Cui Bono” in Der Blinde Fleck], which is on view until November 19, 2017, at the Bremen Town Hall.

Description of “Cui Bono”: (by Hew Locke): “The building is a symbol of civic pride and historical power. The Güldenkammer is the type of space that has inspired me for years – very beautiful yet carrying a heavy weight of meaning.  As do the picturesque ships sailing over our heads. I am creating my own ornamental four-metre long ship to replace one of these 16th century models for the duration of the exhibition. Cui Bono (Latin for ‘who benefits?’) is a question asked in a legal or police investigation when trying to discover who has a motive for a crime. The motive may be hidden and the guilty person may be not who it first appears to be. The criminal may be the person who gains financially, but who has successfully diverted attention onto others. The Hanseatic League may not have taken part directly in the Atlantic slave trade, but Bremen’s prosperity became dependent on tobacco and cotton produced by slave labour in the Americas.”

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Der Blinde Fleck: Bremen und die Kunst in der Kolonialzeit [The blind spot: Bremen and art in the colonial era] uncovers the colonial blind spots in history and places the European perspectives in the collection of the Kunsthalle Bremen in dialogue with works by modern and contemporary artists who represent viewpoints from outside of Europe. The collection sheds light on the representation and treatment of the ‘Other’ in early modern art. In addition, it critically examines the many different standpoints in the context of globalization and migration today.

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British-Guyanese artist Hew Locke (1959, Edinburgh, Scotland) has been exploring the themes of colonialism and globalization for 30 years. His works range from large-scale installations to photo collages, pearl tapestries, drawings, and multimedia sculptural work. His work, Cui Bono, takes on Bremer’s history and addresses current topics of migration and trade.

[All photos above by Indra Khanna, Studio Curator. For more information, see www.indrakhanna.com and www.hewlocke.net.]

For more information, see https://www.kunsthalle-bremen.de/view/exhibitions/exb-page/der-blinde-fleck

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