abhaya

Foreign and ancient cultures fascinated Nikolai Winter early on. The visit of the terracotta army in Xi'An, China, inspired Nikolai Winter particularly. The mausoleum Qin Shihuangdis with its over 7000 terracotta warriors is an early Chinese tomb from 210 BC, which was built for the first Chinese emperor and is one of the largest tombs in the world. Masses of this kind act like magnets and fascinate us. At the same time they can be frightening and even constricting. When visiting the terracotta army in Xi'An, these feelings flow through the visitor: humility, admiration, amazement, but also respect, distress and fear.

Inspired by the terracotta army, Nikolai Winter shows a multitude of hands to effect the audience. In recent years, Nikolai Winter has dealt with the expression of individual hands in a variety of ways. In this exhibition, the focus is on the impact of a group of hands.

The artist found the idea for the design of the hand in an ancient Tibetan Buddha hand. The work is based on the Abhaya Mudra, a symbol of fearlessness and the expulsion of anxiety. Therefore, the symbolism of the hand closes the circle to the terracotta army.

The aim was to emphasize the beauty of the form with a modern, minimalist implementation of this mudra. When modelling it was important to proceed cautiously within the minimalist representation and the aura of the individual hand. The result was a hand that could act both as a building block of a larger unit, i.e. as an element of the mass, and as an individual object. The arrangement of the individual hands in the bandage and thus the effect on the observer form the actual core of the exhibition.

Abhaya mudra invitation card Berlin by artist Nikolai Winter
Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’An China by artist Nikolai Winter
Abhaya mudra chrome Berlin by artist Nikolai Winter
Abhaya mudra fiberglass orange Berlin by artist Nikolai Winter
Abhaya mudra fiberglass hands Berlin by artist Nikolai Winter
Abhaya mudra fiberglass hands Berlin by artist Nikolai Winter
Abhaya mudra fiberglass brown Berlin by artist Nikolai Winter
Abhaya mudra fiberglass hands Berlin by artist Nikolai Winter