Pawel Althamer: 6 Sculptures The six life-size sculptural portraits form a crowd of snow-white sleepwalkers, calming and alarming at the same time with their ghost-like presence. Combining facial casts of the portrayed and plastic as the material to form their bodies, the series was born out of an exchange between the Deutsche Guggenheim and Almech, a small plastics manufacturing firm founded by the artist’s father in Warsaw, Poland.
The point of departure for the exhibition at Galeri Manâ is the artist's keen sense of the social fabric, which not only connects his different works, but almost becomes a material that he plays with. Althamer embeds himself in the social structure and it is his acute sense of time, place and community that situates the six works now in Manâ, both removed from and grafted onto a novel framework. Manâ as an exhibition space hosts these works and is inhabited by them. The detachment from their original means and site of production is precisely how Althamer has liberated the sculptures from their very specific conditions, re-conversing with them and opening them up for an interpretation that is not charged with history. The anti-memory of this presentation perhaps points towards a less specific, personal experience of the work that might be surprisingly invigorating.