The idea for #215 came from a private exchange of voice recordings between both artists, which they have been sending each other since meeting on the occasion of Savvy Funk, the radio program at documenta14. The voice messages produce a temporally displaced dialog, which enabled a different kind of conversation. Conversation forms like the dialogue and monologue as well as interaction thus came to characterize the form of their collaboration in the exhibition #215. As an institution and subsequent public space, the works and installations transform the Portikus into a site where encounters, privacy, manifestation, and thought all coexist. The collaborators, carpenters, designers, and architects were all involved in planning the exhibition and expanded the design of #215 and its sphere beyond the institution through their means. The works of both artists were developed specifically for the exhibition and draw on the architectural, functional, geographical, and atmospheric particularities of the Portikus.
Both artists work across a variety of media, which not only reflect the claim of origin as well as the search for a sense of place within modern and politically-influenced biographies on the level of content, but also on the level of materials. #215 is the first exhibition that the artists Leo Asemota and Nástio Mosquito have worked on together. It is an encounter between both artists, their works, and their collaborators(#215 Studio) at the exhibition venue Portikus.
Photos by Helena Schlichting