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GERMANY. PERÙ. CUBA. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein presents David Zink Yi's work about Afro-Cuban population
29/02/2012 09:58:14

The exhibition of David Zink Yi (born 1973 in Lima/Peru) at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is premiering the video installation Horror Vacui (2009) in Berlin, as well as a new photographs from the series Twilight Images. The centerpiece of the exhibition as well as the artist’s book published with it is the two-channel video installation Horror Vacui. The work, which runs for two hours, documents rehearsals of the Latin band De Adentro y Afuera, founded by Zink Yi together with Cuban musicians, and combines these pictures with footage showing rituals rooted in Afro-Cuban culture: the three ceremonies known as Cajon, Tambor Batá, and Wiro from Palo Monte, an Afro-Cuban cult related to Santería and the religion of the Yoruba, which is practiced primarily in Nigeria and Benin and is at the root of a range of religious traditions in several countries of the Americas. By juxtaposing the band rehearsals and the ritual practices as equipollent elements in his video, Zink Yi examines the structural similarities between music-making and religious performance.

On the occasion of the 2011 advancement award “Catalogs for Young Artists” given to David Zink Yi by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung a comprehensive publication will be issued, which Zink Yi projected as an artist’s book. The photo double volume, comprising making-of material and photographs of Horror Vacui, as well as a text insert with contributions by Marius Babias, Kathrin Becker, Diedrich Diederichsen, Sophie Goltz and David Zink Yi, is published by Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln 2012, German / English, both 232 pages.

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