Junger Ankauf


Nairy Baghramian - Spanner


Nairy Baghramian works in different media like sculpture, photography and text. She cites a modernistic repertoire of different forms relating to architecture and design and at the same adopts an oppositional stance against conservative, patriarchal politics.

Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne
Nairy Baghramian: Spanner, 2008, installation view Art Cologne 2011 © Nairy Baghramian and Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne, Photo: Jürgen Schulzki

Her installations appear formally precise and autonomous, but also vulnerable in its elegant lightness.

Spanner, 2008
“The sculpture Spanner is suspended horizontally in variable, self-adjusting length between juxtaposed walls by chromium-plated brass rods just above hip height and a structure comprising a rubber-coated wire cable, metal rings painted in various colours and a yellow spindle clamping device. In an exhibition, collection presentation or fair booth, this demarcates and accentuates a space which is not accessible to viewers, but appears all the more exposed. The promise that this space includes an object of aesthetic experience is disappointed, however. Only an empty space is to be seen. With this radically reduced sculpture, Baghramian again executes the shift from the work of art to its environment.”

Text: André Rottmann, from the publication “Junger Ankauf”, Cologne 2012