An exhibition in two parts by Keren Cytter, curated by Vincent Honoré.
“Every page will correspond with the page following it and the page preceding it. The paragraphs and the sentences in it will correspond with the following and preceding sentences and single words which might not be written in the following lines.
Is this enough?
It isn’t -“ Keren Cytter, White Diaries
Avalanche is a solo exhibition by Keren Cytter in two parts, starting in two spaces. For the first half, Keren Cytter produces an ambitious new work in Berlin and London, consisting of a 4 screen installation that will be shown at DRAF and Pilar Corrias Gallery, all parts linked together, dialoguing in and through the spaces. The second half of the exhibition introduces a sharp change of focus. The artist alters the formula of a solo show, by abandoning the control of its content. Solely at DRAF from February 15, Cytter asks artists Willem de Rooij and Falke Pisano to select a group of her films and therefore to define the content of her exhibition.
For her new project, produced in Berlin and London, Keren Cytter will play with the specific geographic situation of the Foundation inviting her, DRAF, and the gallery representing her, Pilar Corrias. She will produce a new group of works, all linked together and dialoguing in and through the two spaces. She will alter the formula of the solo exhibition, unravelling it in two spaces, with different temporalities. Keren Cytter has worked in a range of medias including videos, drawings and books. In 2008 she formed a dance theatre group D.I.E. Now (Dance International Europe Now). With an analytical approach to language and image, she has developed a narrative style using interruptions, repetitions and dissonances. Reflection is not only focused on the form of the image but on its functions, presenting captivating and explicit clichéd roles with a rhythmical interlocking of actions and dialogues.
Alterity, conundrums and absurdities together with no distinctions between the banal and the extreme, or the subjective and the objective are the structure for actions and language situations. Incommunicability informs and penetrates characters that, like in tragedies, are subjected to destiny. They are determined by external factors and remain powerless inside social mechanisms of opinion forming. There is the impression that the everyday is identified with a pathetic and sentimental spectacle. From this perspective. Cytter artistic syntax is an investigation of linguistic and visual truisms reinforced with an impressing quantity of mixed references from the media world of communications and intellectual inspirations.
Keren Cytter was born 1977 in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 1997–1999 she studied at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv and in 2002–2004 at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Her recent solo exhibitions include Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2010), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010), X Initiative, New York (2009); CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu (2009); Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporaneo, Huarte (2008). Recent Group exhibitions include 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Manifesta 7, Trentino. She was awarded the Båloise Art Prize at Art Basel in 2006. She also received the Ars Viva Prize in 2008 and the Absolut Art Award in 2009. In 2009, she was shortlisted for the Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art in Berlin.
Part I (14/01 – 12/02/2011):
A solo exhibition by Keren Cytter for David Roberts Art Foundation and Pilar Corrias Gallery. Playing with the specific geographic situation of the two sites, Cytter creates a single project in four parts, produced both in Berlin and London. The artist alters the formula of the conventional solo presentation by unravelling her exhibition across the two spaces.
Language is everywhere in Avalanche, and it is a language of duplication and fractures that becomes the prison of the actors’ mind.
Part II (15/02 – 12/03/2011):
In the second part of Cytter’s solo show, at DRAF solely, the artist releases her authorial control by inviting artists Willem de Rooij and Falke Pisano to select the content of her exhibition by choosing a selection of her films.
A selection by Falke Pisano:
15th – 19th February: French Film, 2002 and Les Ruissellements du Diable, 2008.
22nd – 25th February: The hottest day of the year, part 1 and 2, 2010.
A selection by Willem de Rooij:
1st – 5th March: Continuity, 2005.
8th – 12th March: New Age, 2007.
Please note: New Age is the first feature length film by Keren Cytter. It lasts 73 min and will be screened daily at 10.30, 12.00, 13.30, 15.00, 16.30.
All films courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London.
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