Inevitable Distances. Renée Green. October 22, 2021–January 9, 2022. daadgalerie. Berlin – Germany

Inevitable Distances, a comprehensive survey of Renée Green’s practice from the early 1980s to the present day, is taking place concurrently at the daadgalerie and KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Green was a 1993/94 DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Program fellow. In 1995, the daadgalerie—then still located on Kurfürstenstraße—hosted her exhibition “Miscellaneous“.

At today’s daadgalerie, Inevitable Distances presents a restaging of Certain Miscellanies, a monumental photographic work that translated Green’s early 1990s European encounters and was first presented in her 1995 DAAD exhibition. This installation has now been recombined with her works Climates and Paradoxes and Selected Life Indexes, produced for the Einsteinjahr 2005, and her video Begin Again, Begin Again (2015), which is centered around Rudolph M. Schindler’s architecture. The project Inevitable Distances highlights Green’s ongoing engagement with circuits of exchange between Europe and the Americas.

Green’s writing, installations, films, digital media, and sound works trace and interrogate the power of cultural institutions and their relationships with language, knowledge, and constitutions of selfhood, while at the same time indicating other ways of being and becoming. Inevitable Distances presents recent productions in conversation with some of Green’s earliest and rarely exhibited works. Referencing the encounters made and the distances travelled in a life’s journey, the exhibition puts her artistic production into a speculative and, at times, fictional constellation. Through the juxtapositions of past and present, a paradox emerges: How do we bring back the dislocated and the dead, not in order to chase away the ghosts, but to welcome them and grant them “the right to a hospitable memory out of a concern for justice”?

Conceived and curated by Melanie Roumiguière and Natalie Keppler.

Renée Green, born 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio (USA), lives and works in Somerville, MA and New York City. In 1993 she was a fellow of the Artists-in-Berlin Programme. Green’s exhibitions, videos, and films have been seen throughout the world in museums, biennials, and festivals. A selection of her books includes Other Planes of There: Selected Writings (2014), Endless Dreams and Time- Based Streams (2010), and Ongoing Becomings (2009). She is a Professor at ACT, the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, School of Architecture + Planning. During the Fall 2019, Green was the Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. In fall 2019, she was the Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. At the invitation of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, Renée Green will return to Berlin from October to December 2021.