Claudia Comte: Dreaming of Alligator Head

Address Alexandrinenstr. 118-121, Berlin
Tags New media, Monographic exhibitions, Contemporary art, Digital Art, Virtual Reality
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König Galerie presents Dreaming of Alligator Head by Claudia Comte, a virtual intervention of the gallery’s physical exhibition space. Entering the digital show via smartphone as a diver, the visitor discovers the former NAVE of the brutalist church submerged in an underwater seascape. Perched amongst marine life are a series of Comte’s cactus sculptures which appear to be sprouting sea fauna.

Comte’s interest in the ocean and marine life has become a recurring subject in her personal reflections and her artistic practice. In 2019, the artist created a permanent underwater exhibition in the East Portland Fish Sanctuary in Jamaica during her tenure as TBA21-Academy artist in residence at the Alligator Head Foundation. The park is only accessible by diving and snorkelling. It was designed as a monument for marine protection and is a tribute to the collective effort of the local community to restore the ecosystem. The sculptures support the reinvigoration of the reef and coral regrowth, as they are overlaid with coral over the coming years.

The exhibition will be accessible via the König Galerie App, which can be found here.

In Dreaming of Alligator Head, Comte conjures an impossible scenario by replanting her underwater sculpture park inside König Galerie The digital visitor experiences an intriguing underwater world without traveling, thus the artist raises awareness for marine environments. Comte strives to retain aesthetic formalisms while simultaneously asking how the artistic object can make a difference in the world.

Claudia Comte (b.1983, Grancy, Switzerland) is an artist based in the countryside outside of Basel, Switzerland. Her work is defined by her interest in the memory of materials and by a careful observation of how the hand relates to different technologies. She has presented her work in solo and group exhibitions at Kunstraum, Dornbirn; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin; Copenhagen Contemporary; Gladstone Gallery, New York City; MOCA Cleveland; Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis; Kunsthalle Basel; Desert X, Palm Springs; Kunstmuseum Luzern; Public Art Fund, New York; Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; and Elevation 1049, Gstaad. Upcoming exhibitions include: the 58th October salon Belgrade Biennale and a solo presentation at The Museo Nacional Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid in Spring this year.

TBA21-Academy is a contemporary art organisation and cultural ecosystem fostering a deeper relationship to the Ocean through the lens of art to inspire care and action. For a decade, the Academy has been an incubator for collaborative research, artistic production and new forms of knowledge by combining art and science, resulting in exhibitions, research, and policy

The Alligator Head Foundation (AHF), based in Portland, Jamaica, is a nonprofit organization that manages the six square kilometre large East Portland Fish Sanctuary and supports the research efforts of the Alligator Head Marine Lab, with a mission to advance conservancy, protect marine life, restore habitats, and regenerate local economies.

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