julius von bismarck: punishment I julius von bismarck: punishment I
mar 03, 2012

julius von bismarck: punishment I

‘punishment I’, a series of photographs and videos documenting julius von bismarck’s journey around the world to ‘whip nature’, on exhibition at the alexander levy gallery above: ‘punishment #3’ (2011), inkjet print, 50 x 75 cm

julius von bismarck: punishment I alexander levy gallery (formerly levy berlin), hamburg, germany on now through march 24th, 2012

‘punishment I’, an exhibition of photographs, film, and artefact at the alexander levy gallery, showcases the journey made by german artist julius von bismarck in his quest to ‘whip nature’, actualized by his traveling throughout the world to physically whip natural objects and monuments. included on show are the actual whips von bismarck used.

the title of the exhibition references von bismarck’s original impetus for the project: a pre-christian account that states that egyptian pharaoh xerxes had a strait at hellespont punished with 300 lashes, after bridges that had been constructed there were destroyed by a storm.

in the words of the exhibition curators: ‘at impressive locations he plays with the rhetorical power of this traditional retaliation, whipping nature, defying its power, until he is exhausted. in a contemporary context, he thus rebels against socialization and, as a modern sisyphus, questions value patterns which are conveyed to people today by societal constructs and authorities.’

‘punishment #5’ (2011), inkjet print, 50 x 75 cm

left: ‘punishment #14’ (2011), inkjet print, 40 x 60 cm; right: ‘punishment #13’ (2011), inkjet print, 100 x 76 cm

video footage of julius von bismarck whipping the ‘cristo redentor’ jesus sculpture in rio de janeiro

from left to right: ‘punishment #7’ (2011), inkjet print, 100 x 150 cm; ‘punishment #8’ (2011), inkjet print, 33 x 50 cm; ‘punishment #9’ (2011), inkjet print, 33 x 50 cm

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