Prem Sahib

1 July - 3 September 2017, Opening: 30 June, 7 pm

Photo: Prem Sahib und Andrew Judd

Best & Boldest #3

The exhibition series titled Best & Boldest features a wide variety of young artists working with different media and convictions, but who have one thing in common: They engage with questions of our reality in a multifaceted way. In the lower exhibition space, we will present artistic positions that focus on the here and now, pose questions to both art and society, refuse to accept the world as it is, just because it may have always been that way, that find and create new paths, dissect and analyze reality, with the aim of expanding and at times also overextending our point of view.

The Kunstverein in Hamburg presents the first solo exhibition in Germany, of the British artist Prem Sahib (b.1982, London, UK, lives and works in London). Sahib predominantly works with sculpture and draws on the aesthetics of public and personal spaces. Industrial materials and simplified geometrical shapes are reminiscent of Minimal Art. However in contrast to Minimalism, Sahib is not only focused on objectivity, and logic; his sculptures are also charged with personal experiences, symbolism, emotions, and subjectivity. His work frequently references the human body and human touch as well their absence. Their clearly contoured, schematic, exterior forms stand in contrast to the very personal content. A new series of works will be created for the show in Hamburg that maneuvers in the fragile intermediate area between the public and private sphere.

The exhibition is realized with the friendly support of the Ministry of Culture of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, and the Leinmann-Stiftung für Bildung und Kunst.