(curated by Raffael Dörig)
8 June - 14 August 2011
For Kopienkritik, Oliver Laric's solo show at Skulpturhalle Basel, Laric presented an exhibition of objects and video, contextualized by Skulpturhalle Basel's extensive collection of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture.
Kopienkritik is a term popularized by German scholars, implying a view of Roman sculpture as a stand-in for something else, a mere reconstruction of lost Greek works. This marginalization of Roman innovation ignores qualities inherent in the works such as allusion, parody and emulation, also often falsely ascribing Roman sculptures to non-existent Greek precursors.
Permitted access to the museum's 124 year-old collection of original plaster molds, Laric has produced a series of recasts in resin shown alongside the museum's permanent display, onto and around which video will also be projected.
Laric finds equivalence with Kopienkritik and current debates about appropriation in cultural production. The exhibition, and his wider practice, emphasize the potential of the copy and brings current discussions about image production in to play with the extensive historical collection at Skulpturhalle.