An exhibition curated by Vincent Honoré with works by Özlem Altin, Neil Beloufa, Elad Lassry and Rinus Van de Velde.
How do we inhabit an image? The exhibition explores how alternative knowledge and counter-memories exist from the displacement (misplacement, condensation or fictionalization) of collected images. The works in the exhibition explore the construction and transposition of narrative systems applied to systems of representation and images’ production and dissemination. The separation of roles between authors, actors, protagonists and observers in the images’ treatment and manipulation leave them as unanswered enigmas in which meaning is to be reinvented through an active participation to the reading of the works.
Özlem Altin (b. 1977, Germany) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Through her work Özlem Altin explores ideas surrounding the body and it’s representation in imagery. It is through the image of the body that she induces concepts concerned with disappearance, shadow, and memory. Her extensive research has amassed a large collection of images that can portray these principle interests and allow her to combine imagery in a complex manner, resulting in a final installation that is capable of transcending the original, two-dimensional image. Özlem Altin will be producing a new installation. Özlem Altin has had solo shows at Circus of Berlin, Museum voor Moderne Kunst of Arnhem, Swingr of Vienna, and Tent of Rotterdam. She has also participated in group exhibitions at Kunstraum Innsbruck of Innsbruck, Wiels of Brussels, Stedelijk of Amsterdam, rm 103 of Auckland, and Exile, Berlin among others. It will be her first exhibition in London.
Neil Beloufa (b. 1985, France) lives and works in Paris, France. In his practice Neil Beloufa demonstrates a persisting interest in dichotomies; reality and fiction, cause and effect, presence and absence, all of which he communicates through mediums ranging from sculpture, video, installation and conceptual photography. Through his construction of dichotomies Beloufa is able to deconstruct our perceived ideas of truth and fantasy, thus posing fantasy as truth. Beloufa himself dubs his work as “ethnological sci-fi documentary”. His video Untitled (Algier Modernist House) (2010) charts the story of an Algerian family whose house was forcefully occupied by terrorists. Yet, truth is questioned here through the family’s attempts to imagine how the terrorists may have acted in their home, thus replacing truth with fantasy in order to create documentary. Neil Beloufa will be creating a new site-specific installation in which he will screen Untitled (Algier Modernist House).
Neil Beloufa has had solo shows at Galerie LHK of Paris, Whitebox of New York, and Chung-King Project of Los Angeles. He has also participated in group exhibitions at Netherland Media Art Institute of Amsterdam, Israeli Centre for Digital Art of Holon, The Soap Factory of Minneapolis, Palais de Tokyo of Paris, and National Centre for Contemporary Arts of Moscow. It will be his first exhibition in a public space in London.
Elad Lassry (b. 1977, Israel) lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. Elad Lassry defines his work as “consumed with pictures”. Pulling images from magazines and film archives Lassry recontextualises this imagery in a manner that evokes traditions of story building and of narratives. “I’m fascinated by the collapse of histories and the confusion that results when there is something just slightly wrong in a photograph”. Whilst Lassry is successful in recontextualising this found imagery he never loses touch with its original source, the images never being displayed larger than a magazine spread and the frames painted to match the dominant hue of the original. Elad Lassry will be producing six new works especially for inclusion in the exhibition.
Elad Lassry has had solo shows at Contemporary Art Museum of St Louis, Massimo Di Carlo of Milan, David Kordansky Gallery of Los Angeles. He has also participated in group exhibitions at Kunsthalle of Zurich (curated by Beatrix Ruff), Museum of Modern Art of New York, Kunstverein of Amsterdam, and Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Turin.
Rinus Van de Velde (b. 1983, Belgium) lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Through his practice Rinus Van de Velde explores the narratives of collective myth and collective history. His imagery is first generated by a large archive of collected photographs, which in some way must illustrate these collective myths, before he transforms the image into a large-scale black graphite drawings. This transformation from ‘realistic’ image to ‘allegoric’ image, accompanied by narrative text, is successful in creating work that not only resembles the original photograph in appearance, but also completely reconstitutes the collective myth or history we can take from it. Rinus Van de Velde will be producing an ambitious, new site-specific installation.
Rinus Van de Velde has had solo shows at Galerie Zink of Berlin, Tim van Laere Gallery of Antwerp, Monique Meloche of Chicago, and Susan Nummeroff of New York. He has also participated in group exhibitions at Extra City of Antwerp, Nanzuka underground of Tokyo, Small Project Space of Amsterdam, Muhka of Antwerp, and Tegenboschvanvreden Gallery of Amsterdam. It will be his first exhibition in London.
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