For her site-specific work “Perspectives” (2020) Esther Adam draws linguistic and graphic analyses on the wide glass front of the GAK project room using transparent window color. This hardly visible, subtle artistic work is a message intended exclusively for attentive observers. For at first only a physically empty exhibition space can be seen. In order to recognize that it is at the same time full of thought fragments, it is necessary to reposition oneself in front of the glass surface and thus also the work of art itself, to change perspectives again and again – otherwise what is seen will disappear or become an illegible trace. This dynamic relationship, which encompasses the movement and spatial engagement of the viewer, finds its parallel in what is depicted. In word and image, Esther Adam explores the relationship of the individual human being to his/her world or environment. Circles, arrows and other diagrammatic signs are repeatedly found between the terms “I” and “We”, between personal thoughts and universal themes, indicating a relationship of dependence: the relationship of the individual with his fears, his vulnerability, his existence in the face of the influences of collective processes and social situations, of media and cultural phenomena, and in the face of their own codes and power systems.
Esther Adam was born in Reutlingen in 1988. Since 2014 she has been studying at the HfK Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Bremen (master student of Natascha Sadr Haghighian).
GAK-Projekte is an exhibition series on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst.
Beate + Hartmut Schaefers Foundation, Bremen
Special thanks to: Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen