With its name, the NAILS projectroom also refers to the history of the use of the room: it used to be a nail studio. On the occasion of Janine Mackenroth's exhibition, this reference is to be revisited - because the artist herself works with nail polish.
While nail polish for the history of art is less to be classified in the tradition of painting, it is nowadays strongly connoted with the image of women. This is in complete contrast to the history of nail polish, which, according to current knowledge, began 5,000 years ago with the Babylonians and was reserved for men at that time. The nail polish color was used to determine status within society.
Janine Mackenroth's current works with nail polish of her developed "EURO" series move within seven color shades of the seven different EURO banknotes. Which status reveals the nail polish color "FIVE EURO GREY"? With a manicure on site, you become part of the art yourself and the first shade of the nail polish collection will be available for purchase during the exhibition exclusively for "FIVE EURO".
Sculptures made of shredded EURO banknotes of the Deutsche Bundesbank are distributed in the room as a direct reference to the painting. The floor sculpture "POTPOURRI SAUVAGE" creates an expansive olfactory experience of the world's best-selling perfume of 2021.
Opening hours during Strike a Pose Festival
June 24 - June 26, 2022
Friday 3 - 8 pm
Saturday 12 - 4 pm
Sunday 12 - 4 pm
The exhibition is supported by Kulturamt Düsseldorf and Strike a Pose Festival.
Credits by Kai Werner Schmidt