October 23, 2015

Joachim Koester @ Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

Joachim Koester: The Other Side of the Sky
Turner Contemporary, Margate

4 February - 8 May 2016


Joachim Koester
My Frontier is an Endless Wall of Points (after the mescaline drawings of Henri Michaux), 2007.
16mm film, black and white, silent 10 min. 24 sec.
Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.

Joachim Koester
Tarantism, 2007.
16 mm film, black and white, silent 6 min. 30 sec.
Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.

Turner Contemporary presents the first UK solo exhibition of work by Danish artist Joachim Koester, whose atmospheric films, installations and photography track the boundaries of the unknown, where fact and fiction crossover. Joachim Koester’s subtle yet sensuous works explore the medium of film.

Presenting a comprehensive series of works by Joachim Koester across the first floor gallery spaces, this will be Turner Contemporary’s largest film exhibition to date. Two new 16mm films will be showcased alongside works produced by the artist in the past 10 years, many of which will be shown in the UK for the first time.

Central to the exhibition is a new film inspired by Joachim Koester’s research into JMW Turner, The Other Side of the Sky (2015). This film explores Turner’s depiction and experience of storms via the analogy of psychedelic trips. Relating to surrealism and the 20th century mescaline experiments by Henri Michaux, it continues Joachim Koester’s interest in both physical journeys and psychological exploration. The Other Side of the Sky will be shown within a specially-built structure reminiscent of an abandoned shack, offering glimpses to a group of late watercolours by JMW Turner, which will be hung alongside it.

Joachim Koester is organised in collaboration with Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Portugal and curated by Filipa Oliveira and Turner Contemporary.


Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG