It was a terrible century:
consisting of blasted
oil refineries and stuck ducks,
fish with their lips sealed by plastic
and tar in the hair of cooks.
Filth had penetrated the vents.
Balls of used cotton
from the hospital dumpster, redden.
Yawning on obsolescence
the computer wonders
who punched in such poor grammar.
graduate to this suffering drama
all by her-selves.
Who once were cells.*
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with contributions by Aislinn McNamara, Ellen Yeon Kim and Vera Palme.
Kim is the 2021 Peter Mertes Stipend recipient. The Stipend was founded in 1985 and annually awards two emerging artists in the Rheinland with a 12-month working grant, an exhibition and associated publication at Bonner Kunstverein.
*Excerpt from Fanny Howe, A Hymn, 2010