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Renée Green
Inevitable Distances

24.09. to 08.01. 2023

Since the late 1980s, Renée Green’s multifaceted practice has imagined and expanded the ways in which art can surface and give form to underwritten histories, collective memory, and circuits of cultural exchange. Her writing, installations, films, digital media, and sound works continue to 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. Green’s work came to prominence in the early 1990s and circulated within the social and political flows between the world and the Americas, a concept that includes the United States, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Her work continues to investigate the distribution and relay of art and ideas, and how these are braided with histories of migration and legacies of displacement, and the aesthetic forms and poetics that stem from these. Inevitable Distances, a comprehensive survey of Renée Green’s practice from the early 1980s until now, is one of the largest exhibitions of her work since 2010. Inevitable Distances presents recent productions in conversation with some of Green’s earliest and rarely exhibited works. Indicating the encounters and distances travelled in a life’s journey, the exhibition puts her artistic production into a speculative and, at times, fictional constellation.


Renée Green (b. Cleveland, USA, 1959) has had solo exhibitions at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2021); the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University (2018); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012–2013); the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2010); the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne (2009); the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume (2008); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1993), among others. Her work has also been shown in numerous group exhibitions and biennials, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou (2020); the Museum Ludwig (2019); the 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007); Documenta 11 (2002); the Whitney Biennial (1993); and the 45th Venice Biennale (1993).


The exhibition is produced by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, in collaboration with Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich.


Curators: Mason Leaver-Yap with Sofie Krogh Christensen (KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin), in collaboration with Dr. Michael Birchall (Curator, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst)


Inevitable Distances is accompanied by a book of the same name, co-published by DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, Hatje Cantz Verlag, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst. Designed by Carolina Aboarrage, the publication includes contributions from the artist Renée Green, Kathrin Bentele, Howie Chen, Emma Hedditch, Katherine McKittrick, Taylor Le Melle, Ima-Abasi Okon and others, and is edited by Mason Leaver-Yap. It will be available in early 2022.