PREVIEW: Katja Novitskova: Invasion Curves, Whitechapel Gallery

The London gallery will present an immersive environment created by the installation artist, displayed from the 27th June. 

Katja Novitskova, Pattern of Activation (embryogenesis), 2018 (detail), 12 digital prints on aluminium (adult worm and eleven eggs), acrylic glass, cutout display, cable covers, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin; Greene Naftali, New York. Photo: Tõnu Tunnel. 

Offering an insight into the future, Katja Novitskova’s work concentrates on topics such as technology evolutionary processes and ecological realities. On a deeper level, her work also examines the materiality and circulation of images – how they are used, recycled and re-contextualised.

The display sees the artist re-using elements of her acclaimed presentation at the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale last year as well as sculptural cut-out figures alongside humanlike baby-rockers, mobiles and projections. This work imagines a landscape which is overcome by a ‘biotic crisis’, ecologically impacted by humans.

This installation is formed of images captured by scanners, cameras and satellites or rendered by image processing algorithms, displayed as vivid sculptures, and projections.

Katja Novitskova was born in 1984 in Tallinn, Estonia and she lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Her solo exhibitions include If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen with Your Eyes, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, 2018; CC Foundation & Art Centre, Shanghai; If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen With Your Eyes, 57th Venice Biennale, Estonian Pavilion, Venice; Earth Potential, City Hall Park, Public Art Fund, New York, 2017 and  Approximation (Storm Time), Greene Naftali, New York; Dawn Mission, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, 2016.

The exhibition is curated by Emily Butler, Mahera and Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Curator, Whitechapel Gallery with Cameron Foote, Assistant Curator, Whitechapel Gallery. It has been designed by Chris Aldgate, Head of Exhibition Design & Production, Whitechapel Gallery.

Katja Novitskova: Invasion Curves will be on display at the Whitechapel Gallery from the 27th June until the 2nd September. For more information visit:                                               

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