Kathrin Longhurst

Indoctrinated

13 May — 22 May 2021

Born 1971, East Berlin
Lives and works in Sydney

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

Indoctrinated

In 1961, a wall of concrete and wire appeared on the streets of Berlin. The Soviet-backed regime—The German Democratic Republic (GDR)—constructed it almost overnight to stem the flow of people to the west. The brutalist structure, by design, became an eponymous symbol of social control. The regime was free to indoctrinate generations of its citizens who now lived without easy access to counter-ideologies and cultural influences.

It was in the shadow of the wall that Kathrin Longhurst spent her childhood and where experiences of youth were to be informed by an overtly militarised government. It was a place and time in history where the power of the state was constantly celebrated through the subtle (and, at times, not so subtle) propaganda machine. Through the consistent indoctrination of its people, original thought and independence was curtailed to ensure the longevity of the body politic.

The detritus of the autocratic symbolism that pervaded all corners of her childhood, informs Longhurst as a contemporary painter. In Indoctrinated, Longhurst draws upon her upbringing, delving into her personal family archive while morphing memories of school camps run under military protocols and classrooms where counting was taught by adding and subtracting tanks and soldiers.

For the artist, memory is not always bleak—family and life bring their own colour. Longhurst’s investigation draws on the photography from her personal history alongside some of the more iconic documented moments from post-war Germany. Paintings are reimagined as polaroid images, complete with light bursts disrupting the picture plain—faded splashes of colour that humanise the workers’ utopia. Her painterly interference of the image shines a light on the imperfect notion of memory. It is particularly poignant in the hands of this artist, who has humanised the realities of geopolitical history. The occasional appearance of text locates the imagery in a personal context—the audience becomes active participants in her journey.

Indoctrinated uses the artist’s personal narrative to point us to the broader contemporary social question. She questions the extent and nature of governmental control in a Covid world. Longhurst’s observations of changing narratives and the day-to-day control of society, have reminded her of a time behind the wall. This exhibition is not a sermon, rather, it is a humanist vision of a life that has experienced much—what can be, and what can’t be taken away.

Ralph Hobbs
May 2021

View article about Kathrin Longhurst by Steve Meacham titled Memories of a brainwashed childhoodfeatured in the Sydney Morning Herald (7/5/21), and AGE and online at WA Today

Join us for an Artist Talk in the gallery on Saturday 15 May, 2–3pm — Kathrin Longhust in conversation with Ralph Hobbs.

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Kathrin Longhurst

Ausflug

2021 \ Oil on composite aluminium \ 76 x 61cm

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Baltic Holiday

2020 \ Oil on composite aluminium \ 76 x 61cm

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Battle Ready

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 121 x 121cm

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Berlin 61

2021 \ Oil on composite aluminium \ 76 x 61cm

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Comrade

2021 \ Oil on composite aluminium \ 76 x 61cm

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Defected

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 121 x 121cm

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Factory Trained

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 182 x 182cm

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Freiluft

2021 \ Oil on composite aluminium \ 76 x 61cm

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Group Leader

2020 \ Oil on composite aluminium \ 76 x 61cm

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Loyal Defender

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 121 x 121cm

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My Stasi Friend

2020 \ Oil on composite aluminium \ 76 x 61cm

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October Song

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 121 x 121cm

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Offizier

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 121 x 121cm

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Productive Work

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 182 182cm

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Sassnitz

2020 \ Oil on composite aluminium \ 76 x 61cm

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Sing Mit

2021 \ Oil on composite aluminium \ 76 x 61cm

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The Tourists

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 121 x 121cm

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Trabant

2020 \ Oil on composite aluminium \ 76 x 61cm

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Media

Kathrin Longhurst "Memories of a childhood in the shadow of the wall" by Steve Meacham, SMH 07/05/2021

11 May 2021

Journalist Steve Meacham writes about Kathrin Longhurst—her childhood behind the wall in Soviet East Berlin and the memories she draws upon in her latest exhibition, Indoctrinated.

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
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Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm ONLINE Saturday – closed until further notice Following the latest NSW Government advice in relation to Covid— from Monday 29th June, the Gallery will be operating online only—Monday to Friday 9-5 pm for the duration of the Sydney lockdown All events associated with Paul Ryan (South by Southwest) and Les Rice (Disco Inferno) exhibitions have been postponed. We will keep you advised of any further changes as they arise. COVID Safe Check-in: As part of the Nanda\Hobbs COVID safety plan, all visitors to the gallery must sign in via the Service NSW QR code.