Anta Helena Recke, "Edition Arena", 2021

Anta Helena Recke, "Edition Arena", 2021

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Inkjet print on fine paper 100g, laid paper
43 x 30,5 cm, framed
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Signed and dated
Series of 10

Due to its consistent separation to the outside, the gallery space can be defined as a construction of normativity. Usually, the gaze is directed from the outside to the inside, whereas the access represents for many people a social barrier, or is not even considered as an option. Instead of turning the spaces of Klosterfelde Edition into an elitist stage of exchange, Anta Helena Recke reverses the perspective. Using fictitious bets, that refer to the visual axis from Klosterfelde Edition on Potsdamer Straße, the attention is being redirected onto the agents on the street, in the apartments or stores. Thereby the gallery embodies the fictitious counterpart to the betting office Bar Arena across the street. The edition turnes into a ticket or entrance into a matrix, where the coincidence is the enactment and the enactment turns into the day-to-day-world.
– Text by Elisa Maria Schmitt

“On April 27, 3087 your 15-year-old grandmother enters „Bar Arena“ at Potsdamer Straße in Berlin Schöneberg between 3.36 pm and 3.48 pm and encounters a man, who wears a belly free t-shirt and holds a chunky e-cigarette in his left hand. Edition Arena bets against you, that in the moment their glances meet, he drops the e-cigarette. The bet amounts 111,11 Euro. In case the cigarette doesn’t fall out of the man’s hand, the bet of 111,11 Euro can be cashed at Edition Arena. If the e-cigarette falls out of his hand, the bet remains at Edition Arena.”