Audemars Piguet Contemporary is delighted to announce its latest commission by artist Aleksandra Domanović. The site-specific artwork will be presented in Berlin at the former Der Tagesspiegel print house on Potsdamer Straße from 17 September-10 October 2021, timed to Gallery Weekend Berlin “Discoveries” (15-18 September 2021). The installation is part of a new body of work for the artist that will reflect her sustained interest in the tension between what we see and what we perceive.
Domanović lives and works in Berlin, where her research-based practice integrates the history of and latest developments in technology into multi-layered artworks. An artist working with sculpture and computer-based media, Domanović’s practice often calls into focus identity disparities. Her projects are underpinned by the social and political histories of her birthplace in former Yugoslavia and re-evaluate the role of women in the history of technology and science. By linking personal history and the past to our increasingly technologically reliant present, Domanović raises questions of society while offering a unique take on the intricate digitally-driven world we inhabit.
Domanović’s artwork for Audemars Piguet Contemporary will be a large-scale installation responding to the vast height of the exhibition space, the nave of the former printing plant. Comprised of sculptures featuring rotating LED fan-displays, the artwork will play with two spectrums: each sculpture’s physical presence within the space and the visual its rotating fan creates. The presentation builds on her recent exhibition Worldometers (30 April – 5 June 2021, Tanya Leighton Gallery) which presented Berlin’s daily COVID-19 statistics in real-time and will reflect on how we are emerging from living under the pandemic.
“We can not only change our future—we can also change our history. Sometimes this is called revisionism, other times interpretation. Ultimately it’s about how our history and our stories are open to the possibilities and risks of perception.” – Aleksandra Domanović, Artist
“Audemars Piguet Contemporary have been following Aleksandra’s work for many years and we greatly admire her timely practice and diversity of positions. We are delighted to support her in the development of this new body of work that will contribute to the wider contemporary art discourse and raise questions about our future as we begin to emerge from the past year.” – Denis Pernet, Art Curator, Audemars Piguet Contemporary
About Aleksandra Domanović
Aleksandra Domanović (born in Novi Sad, 1981) lives in Berlin. She has had major solo exhibitions at Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan (2019); MoCA Cleveland (2018); Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2017); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2017); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2016); Oakville Galleries, Canada (2016); the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2014); and Kunsthalle Basel (2012). Her work has been included in numerous international biennials including the VAC Foundation exhibition at the 58th Venice Biennial (2019); Belgrade Biennial (2018); Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); the New Museum Triennial (2015); and Shanghai Biennale (2014). In 2018, she was awarded the 5th Arnaldo Pomodoro Sculpture Prize, Milan. Upcoming projects include the 58th Belgrade Biennial, 14th Baltic Triennial, and 34th Biennale of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana. She is represented by Tanya Leighton Gallery. https://www.tanyaleighton.com/artists/aleksandra-domanovic
About Gallery Weekend Berlin
Founded in 2005 by Berlin galleries, the Gallery Weekend Berlin has established itself as a highlight in the international art calendar with 50 participating galleries around the city. Gallery Weekend celebrates the galleries and artists with a unique format that combines top-class exhibitions and the experience of the city and gallery space. In 2021, the Gallery Weekend will take place a second time in autumn for the first time. Under the title Gallery Weekend * Discoveries, the participating galleries from September 15 to 18, 2021 will focus on artists who will be presented to a broader public for the first time. – https://www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de/about/
About Audemars Piguet Contemporary
Audemars Piguet Contemporary commissions international artists to create contemporary artworks, fostering a global community of creators. The brand believes in the power of contemporary art to connect and be connected. Its patronage resonates with the talented artisan community that the Manufacture has supported and grown in the Vallée de Joux. The team accompanies each commission process from inception to development to exhibition and builds experiences for audiences to engage with the work around the world. The resulting artworks belong to the artists and contribute to their body of work.
Audemars Piguet Contemporary engages with and commissions artworks in two ways. Under Studio Audemars Piguet, artists develop ambitious artworks across a variety of scales and media alongside our curatorial team, which enables them to explore new territories in their practice. Under the Audemars Piguet Art Commission, the brand’s biennial competition, an artist—not yet internationally recognised—is selected to develop a large-scale artwork with an invited guest curator.
As with mechanical watches, commissioned artworks are about more than what you see. These works are sensitive to our ever-changing world. They are an opportunity for new creation, bringing together audiences and leading to conversations that go beyond first impressions.
Since 2012, Audemars Piguet Contemporary has nurtured artistic exchanges with artists around the world including Cao Fei, Kurt Hentschläger, Dan Holdsworth, Phoebe Hui, Ryoji Ikeda, Lars Jan, Theo Jansen, Alexandre Joly, Kolkoz, Robin Meier, Quayola, Cheng Ran, Arin Rungjang, Tomás Saraceno, Semiconductor, Jana Winderen and Sun Xun. Commissioned artworks have been presented worldwide at major venues including Art Basel (of which Audemars Piguet has been an Associate Partner since 2013) in Hong Kong, Basel, Miami Beach; the Venice Biennale; Times Square, New York City; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; HeK (House of Electronic Arts), Basel; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; 180 The Strand, London; and Ars Electronica, Linz. – https://www.audemarspiguet.com/com/en/about/audemars-piguet-contemporary.html
About Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet). Based in Le Brassus since 1875, the company has nurtured generations of talented craftspeople who have continuously developed new skills and techniques, broadening their savoir-faire to set rule-breaking trends. In the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, Audemars Piguet has created numerous masterpieces, testament to the Manufacture’s ancestral craftsmanship and forward-thinking spirit. Sharing its passion and savoir-faire with watch enthusiasts worldwide through the language of emotions, Audemars Piguet has established enriching exchanges among fields of creative practices and fostered an inspired community. Born in Le Brassus, raised around the world. – www.audemarspiguet.com