Galerie KLEMM’S presents the most recent work by Sven Johne for the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2018.
Sven Johne‘s works playfully act on the accustomed manner of representation and readability. By combining takings of spheric simplicity with sober and report like narratives he implements fictional elements in his works, taking their meaning beyond the purely documentary. Hereby he generates space for associations that are quintessential in fulfilling his aim: creating metaphors of being and conceiving alternative myths in times when global change and its impacts are penetrating the life of every individual.
The exhibition is centered around the most recent video work of Johne Dear Vladimir Putin: Retired engineer Peter Bittel (Gottfried Richter) prepares for his great performance: a speech to Vladimir Putin about things personal and political, a monologue in Russian around ten minutes long. Although Bittel can hold his speech from his home computer, it is supposed to be live and available to everyone online. Bittel practices reading his script, edits and rejects or hones individual passages, and sometimes despairs in the face of the pronunciation and grammar of the language. It is a text like a confession: Peter Bittel is a ‘Westerner‘ who has lost his faith. Bittel’s speech oscillates between political camps and challenges us to question our own favorite political standpoints, to discard them or to buttress them.
What is inherent to all works by Sven Johne is the concentration on the fate of the individual that he reflects in a laconic and distanced manner without losing the attachment and sympathy for his protagonists. Sven Johne transports his contents with precise formal certitude and his aptitude to select interpretable depictions of reality reveals especially in his film work.