dOCUMENTA 13 Theaster Gates '12 Ballads for the Huguenot House' Kassel, Germany June 9th-September 16th, 2012
June 2, 2012
'12 Ballads for the Huguenot House'
June 9th-September 16th, 2012
In his '12 Ballads for Huguenot House', artist and cultural planner Theaster Gates chronicles his ambitious project to unite two disused buildings—one in Chicago and the other in Kassel, Germany—by dismantling parts of each to reuse in the rebuilding of the other. The forgotten and thus dilapidated Huguenot House, built during the early nineteenth century in Kassel, attracted the attention of Gates, who associated the histories of the migrant workers who built it so many years ago with those of black and Hispanic builders in his own neighborhood in Chicago today. Meanwhile, across the ocean, Gates eyed a large, decaying building in Chicago, whose architectural details have remained intact. Gates envisioned an exchange and ultimately proposed to bring materials from the Chicago building to reconstruct the Huguenot House. The process will also be reversed: materials from the Huguenot House will later be reused to reconstruct the building in Chicago.
Theaster Gates / 12 Ballads for Huguenot House
Published by dOCUMENTA (13) / Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, English, 128 pp., 86 col. ill., 19,3 x 27,4 cm, hardcover, linen, $40
ISBN (PRINT) / 978-3-86335-203-5