Die Wände hochgehen (2019)

Die Wände hochgehen (2019), Serie (#1-3), Fine Art Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, Format 70x100cm, Edition 5 (2AP)

Magdalena Kallenberger deals with feminist manifestos from recent decades and the demands contained therein during different eras, which are continually formulated anew – most of them unfulfilled and buried in archives, which themselves seem to have fallen prey to ravages of time. It literally goes up the walls: because most of the current demands against inequality, racism, classism, sexism, and heteronormativity have long been raised in different eras and contexts by myriad courageous forerunners. Why is there hardly any connection to past experiences, demands, and struggles? Kallenberger’s examination of the demands of the women’s movements of the last 150 years forms the foundation of her appropriately named photo-text installation Crawling (Up) the Walls. She connects personal experiences and observations with collected everyday commentary from women in a text collage. The three staged photographs show the artist “going up the walls” – in the face of a series of objects like sausages, cucumbers, and eggs, which as satirizing sexualized placeholders reference the artist’s rage about ongoing patriarchal structures and the resulting social injustices. Moreover, in their extreme staging of poses, objects, and attributions of meaning, the photocompositions become monuments themselves and simultaneously, with their staged poses, a satire of traditional personified monuments. // Dr. Katharina Koch, alpha nova galerie futura.