Win McCarthy
25 February – 14 May 23

<p><em>Fridge Peripheries</em>, 2022, Silver gelatine fiber print, 25 x 20 cm © Win McCarthy</p>

Fridge Peripheries, 2022, Silver gelatine fiber print, 25 x 20 cm © Win McCarthy


With Innenportrait, KW Institute for Contemporary Art presents the first institutional solo exhibition of Win McCarthy. In his work, McCarthy (b. 1986, US) explores the dialectical relationships between subjects like city and citizen, friend and the stranger, and present and past. McCarthy’s work often testifies to the paradoxical emptiness experienced in a metropolis. Taking the city’s map as a metaphysical topography, the confluence of real estate, architecture, and urban planning become vocabulary for the construction of a self. 


Besides working with photography and text, McCarthy makes associative installations. His works appear to be images from memories, meeting viewers with a torrent of different emotions, ranging from amusement and admiration to aversion and fear. Innenportrait focuses on a collision between opticality and intellect. If subjectivity has been pivotal in McCarthy’s previous work, its main juncture has been at how the self struggles to find reconciliation with the phenomenological and ontological: where the ‘I’ ends, is where the world begins.


McCarthy’s first publication Common Ruin, which reflects on his work through personal writings, accompanies the exhibition and is co-published with Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König.


Curator: Krist Gruijthuijsen
Assistant Curator: Léon Kruijswijk
Curatorial Assistant: Linda Franken