On Water (Auf dem Wasser) is the title of Ayşe Erkmen’s artwork for Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017. For Skulptur Projekte 2017, Erkmen selected Münster’s inland harbour as her location. Just below the surface of the water between the bustling Nordkai (northern pier) and the industrialized Südkai (southern pier) she installed a jetty that links the two riverbanks. It creates the impression that visitors are walking on water. In that sense, they become visible actors on Erkmen’s stage. In addition, the artist points out problems of a sociological and city-planning nature: How are borders drawn on maps, and how is sociocultural access achieved on the drawing board? How can existing hurdles be overcome, both physically and metaphorically?
Ayşe Erkmen: On Water / Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017. Münster (Germany), June 10, 2017.
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