Let’s consider an equivocal, ambiguous person. It’s possible to see this person from different points of view: different points of view which give rise to different descriptions, which give rise to different theories, which result in entirely different sets of action. When this person begins to speak, one may either study their verbal behaviour in terms of neural processes and the whole apparatus of vocalizing, or try to understand what this person is saying. We choose our point of view within the context of what we are “after” with this person.
In this particular situation, there is no doubt that this person is bringing, whether intentionally or unintentionally, their entire existence, their whole being-in-this-world. Every aspect of their being is related in some way to every other aspect within themself, and to the aspects of other beings around them. Considering that relatedness is present in everyone, do we try to re-orientate ourselves as a person in their personal scheme of things, or see this person as an object in our own system of reference, an object in one’s own world?
Harkeerat Mangat’s carefully designed exhibition, Behind Closed Doors, brings forth the psyche of the viewer as it’s main subject of study. For Chapter IV at Die Wohnung, an apartment exhibition space in Düsseldorf, Mangat will present two new works: a musically-arranged theatre and publication that invite visitors to personalize the world of things around them and explore their capacity to empathize with others. The exhibition and theatre will be open to visitors only on the following three dates:
Friday, April 13th – 8:00 pm
Friday, April 20th – 8:00 pm
Friday, April 27th – 8:00 pm
Seating is limited and can be reserved by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Harkeerat Mangat (*1990, Vancouver Canada) is a musician and artist currently based in Düsseldorf, Germany. After receiving his BFA from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada, Mangat went on to further his studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Selected exhibitions include Here: Locating Contemporary Artists at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and Von den Strömen der Stadt at the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach. His films have been featured in the Images Festival Toronto, as well as the FilmLab Festival in Düsseldorf. Mangat is the recipient of several awards, the most recent being the Julia Stoschek Collection Studio scholarship. Behind Closed Doors is the first solo presentation by the artist.