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those that slip among molecules

Kim Bode

28 Apr–3 Jul 22

A beam of orange light hits the brick-red, craggy floor. Electronic whispers travel through the room. Plants pierce through the piled-up layers of soil. In a transparently coloured atmosphere, Kim Bode presents their work, titled those that slip among molecules, at Galerie im Turm. Frankfurter Tor’s grey, exposed-aggregate concrete contrasts with this raw environment, which opens a space for interrogations and new ideas.

A herbaceous plant, which also features in Homer’s Odyssey, grows steadily in this expansive artwork. In Greek mythology, the Asphodel Meadows are a region in Hades, the underworld. The myth describes a place where souls dwell without being rewarded or punished for their deeds during mortal life.

Kim Bode creates landscapes that do not distinguish between the human constructs of what is artificial or natural, instead interweaving them. This not only challenges the narrative in which humans imagine themselves as ruling over nature, but also brings to the fore conceptions of queer ecologies.

About the artist

Kim Bode’s practice has been exploring landscapes as material and physical space, as collective idea and political terrain. Based on these foundations, the research investigates transformative aspects as well as the interstices of artificial habitats and natural environments and how they collapse on each other.

Bode’s artistic research corresponds with central ideas of critical anthropology, postcolonial theory, eco- and geopolitics, queer theories and xenofeminism, plant-behaviour and decolonization of nature.

Field recordings and visual documentation of landscapes have accumulated to Bode’s expanding personal archive. This network of ideas and senses is the point of departure of the artist’s installation pieces. The artist uses parts of it to create assemblages of sculptures, sounds, and images-and sometimes even uncommon plant species-evoking uncanny and eerie atmospheres.


Curator: Linnéa Meiners
Curatorial assistance: Helen-Sophie Mayr
Head of production:  Carolina Redondo
Project assistance:  Dani Hasrouni, Anastassiya Dudina
Installation: Danilo Cozzi, Felipe Monroy, Juan Saez, Martin Sandoval
Translations: Gegensatz Translation Collective
Gallery supervision: Jens Gehlkopf, Ferdinand Gieschke, Josef Stöhr

The curator would like to thank the team of Galerie im Turm and of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien: Stéphane Bauer, Sofía Pfister, Serkan Sevincli and the exhibition supervisors.

With kind support of Exhibition Fund Municipal Galleries and Fund Exhibition fees for visual artists.

Galerie im Turm is a facility of the district office Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.