A poster recalling 1970s giallo film aesthetics heralds the play CROCOPAZZO! by Leila Hekmat at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, but upon crossing the gallery’s threshold one realizes that the actual play was already performed in petit comité and what remains comprises the exhibition. CROCOPAZZO!’s structure is complex, as it includes a number of discrete elements: the play, an edited film of the play, the original set and props, and the handmade garments the performers wore. The narrative of the work raises questions relating to accessibility, caring structures, and mental health.
“Those who can and those who cannot, that’s the race.” This is one of the slogans stuck on the more than seven hundred trophies spread across five rows of metallic shelves in the Kunstverein München’s main room, as part of the installation In the Middle but in the Corner of 176th Place (2019), by Chicago-born artist Diamond Stingily.