Rochade: Lisa Herfeldt & Kristin Loschert @ Soy Capitán, Berlin

Pictures by Nick Ash

Lisa Herfeldt & Kristin Loschert
invited by: Melissa Canbaz


A plinth is not a frame. And a photograph is just as much, or as little, a picture, as an armchair is a chair. A plinth, unlike a frame, is anchorage, not seclusion; a plinth is foundation, not window. A photograph is the plinth beneath the images, and an armchair is a chair that stands by itself. And it is what you rely on when you let yourself sink into it.

Rochade: a twofold movement, shifting against each other.

Lisa Herfeldt’s sculptures, shown on the wall, draw on a background that is not necessarily obvious at first glance. The plain wicker structures, simply titled Figur, are all components and elements of a particular rattan chair model, the so-called Peacock Chair. The large, sweeping back of the chair provides as much cover as it frames. For her sculptures, however, Herfeldt does not use material from the signature backrest, but from the foot of the chair, its “plinth” . You don’t realize it if you don’t know it. The objects can also do without this context. In which case they appear as wall objects that already pack their own frame. Initiated, undone, abstracted and released.

Rochade: A transposition that uncloses.

The photographs presented by Kristin Loschert are placed in stacks on structures that alternate between a table, an open display cabinet and a plinth. They show young men, strangers whom Loschert had approached on the street. Men she doesn’t know, but who agreed to be photographed by her. A brief encounter, a photo shoot, several takes of a portrait, one stack per person. What you see is (sometimes at least) this: the back of the head (or something like that), an elbow (or something like that), a look, outdoors, indoors, a glance, a body, a black-and-white copy, a color copy, barite, a C-Print, another glance, white border, borderless. A fragmented approach, open-ended, unclosed, playing through variations of the image. A fraying, escalating practice. Presentation: open, permeable.

Rochade: To gain breathing space. Nothing works. Everything is working. It is a lie to say that solidity holds up.

* castling

Dominikus Müller(translated by Lian Rangkuty)