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RODRIGO HERNÁNDEZ | "I Am Nothing" at Kunstverein Heidelberg

09/16/2016 - 11/20/2016

The protagonist of Patrick Modiano’s novel Missing Person fears being a man whose footsteps leave a trace that stays only for a few seconds. “I am nothing” are the words the narrator uses to start his story.

For his first institutional solo exhibition in Germany at Heidelberger Kunstverein, Mexican artist Rodrigo Hernández looks back at “Figure 1”, a sculpture he made in 2013 that has traveled to different locations and has been presented in various contexts. In this occasion, Hernández has conducted the sculpture through a multi-layered narrative putting it in dialogue with a network of objects and images produced for this exhibition.
The room created to host “Figure 1” is an installation that draws inspiration from both the work of the Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico and by a collection of documents and artifacts from the first Soviet space missions, shown in the exhibition Space: the Birth of a New Era at Pavilion No. 1 of VDNH in Moscow.

Rodrigo Hernández (*1983 in México City) lives and works between Mexico City and Basel. Currently Hernández is a resident at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris for Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart and the Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts in Baden-Württemberg. This residency program is a novum and pilot project for its combination of the Cité residency and a solo exhibition in Baden-Württemberg.