Class, 2019
— Nina Beier

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 9:15 - 09:30 PM
Turbine Hall, E-WERK

Freestyle wrestlers, carpet, perfumes: Opium, Lynx, Davidoff, Miss Dior, etc
Duration: max. 15 min

Nina Beier’s work test how value is constructed and undone, serving as a meditation on the multitude of power structures that make up our society. Disregarding usual martial arts categorisations of age, gender and weight classes, Beier’s new performance Class, 2019 at E-Werk Luckenwalde’s Turbine Hall, incorporates freestyle wrestlers from the world-renowned Luckenwalder Sportclub, wearing perfumes generally marketed to each their specific demographic. Relying on select rules of the game and the skill sets of the athletes, this charged work bricolages disparate tropes of both violence and identity. While the odours blend, the bodies on display produce a fluctuating image of authority and dominance. The staged nature of Class, 2019 continues Beier’s recurring interest in the possibility of cohabitation of the real and its own representation in the same object or action.

With Special Thanks to The World Famous Wrestling Clubs: 1.Luckenwalder Sportclub e.V. & RSV Hansa 90 Frankfurt (oder) e.V

About Luckenwalder Sportclub:

Originated in 1897, “Adler 1897”, The 1. Club for athletes was focused on heavy athletics. International success came to Luckenwalde with the first medal for the European Championship in 1963. Since then, wrestlers trained in Luckenwalde have participated in the World Championships, the European Championships and the Olympic Games.

Caption: Nina Beier, Age, 2015. Performance during Nina Beier: Anti-ageing (2015) seen in Swiss Institute Annual Architecture and Design Series: 2nd Edition, PAVILLON DE L’ESPRIT NOUVEAU: A 21st Century Show Home at the Swiss Institute, New York. Photo: Daniel Perez

NINA BEIER (b. 1975, Denmark), lives and works in Berlin.
Beier studied at the Royal College of Art, London. Previous one-person exhibitions include: Spike Island, Bristol, United Kingdom; Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius; Kunstverein Hamburg; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland; Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom; Mostyn, Llandudno, United Kingdom; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Beier has been represented in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthalle Wien; Tate Modern, London; Yuz Museum, Shanghai; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit; Artists Institute, New York; Tate Modern London; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Kunstverein Bregenz end the Power Station, Shanghai. Beier is the recipient of Germany’s prestigious Prize of the Böttcherstraße.

Her performance-installation Automobile was shown at Elevation 1049, Gstaad (2018) Kunstverein München (2017) Anti-ageing was commissioned by Performa 15 and staged at the Swiss Institute, New York (2015) and shown as part of ICA, London’s Artnight (2016). That same year her work was included in the 13th Biennale de Lyon and the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Tragedy was shown at Kunsthal Charlottenburg (2011) and Art Unlimited, Art Basel (2012).