Pavel S. Pys
Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open 2011. An exhibition that brings together a number of international artists whose practices examine the relationship between time, memory and forgetting. Comprising works in different media including sculpture, photography and video installation, the exhibition presents objects and artefacts which bear traces of the passing of time, becoming remnants through which we access history.
Curated by Pavel S. Pyś
Mirosław Bałka, Carol Bove, Steven Claydon, Phil Collins, Aaron Curry, Michael Dean, Ruth Ewan, Geoffrey Farmer, Omer Fast, Rachel Harrison, Thomas Houseago, Marine Hugonnier, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Edward Lipski, Goshka Macuga, Matthew Monahan, Deimantas Narkevičius, Richard Prince, Daniel Silver, Monika Sosnowska
The Zabludowicz Collection is delighted to announce We Will Live, We Will See, an exhibition that brings together a number of international artists whose practices examine the relationship between time, memory and forgetting. The exhibition, curated by Pavel S. Pyś, marks the culmination of the first annual Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open. Pyś was selected in March 2011 by a panel of judges comprised of Lisa Le Feuvre, James Lingwood, Mark Rappolt and Anita Zabludowicz. He has been granted unlimited access to the Zabludowicz Collection and a budget of £40,000 to realise the exhibition, its accompanying publication and public programme.
Voicing accounts of lived experience ranging from the most personal and intimate in character to those shared and collective in scope – We Will Live, We Will See looks at ways of recalling and re-telling the past. Comprising works in different media including sculpture, photography and video installation, the exhibition presents objects and artefacts which bear traces of the passing of time, becoming remnants through which we access history. Similarly, artworks may act as the lens through which this past is reconfigured, reinterpreted and made relevant today. We Will Live, We Will See draws upon such works to consider the past not in terms of a normative ‘truth’, but rather in terms of unraveling, replaying and remaking.
Destabilising dominant chronologies and taxonomies of display is key to the works of Steven Claydon, Rachel Harrison, Sherrie Levine and Richard Prince. Their work looks at the importance of taste and humour, fiction and imagination while questioning assumed typologies and linear accounts of time. The permanence of objects is a common preoccupation in the works of Aaron Curry, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan and Daniel Silver. Invoking art historical references from classicism, modernist sculpture and popular culture, these artists deal with the monumental and the auratic nature of art and culture. Methods and modes of display are key to many of these plinth-based works, which blur the boundaries between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, question authenticity and examine their own relationships with primitivism and exoticism. The works of Mirosław Bałka, Phil Collins and Michael Dean explore the gap between experience and retelling, producing and receiving. Brushing collective narratives against the most intimate of stories exposes the fallacy of universal accounts of experience.
We Will Live, We Will See takes into account the dangers of relying on objects to illuminate the past, working with the ambiguity and openness that characterises the multiplicity of voices and accounts of history. The exhibition will include a new commission by Michael Dean and the first UK public presentation of Omer Fast’s The Casting (2007) a work exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2008. A full public programme of talks and events which expand on interpretations of history will accompany the show along with a fully illustrated publication designed by The Entente.
This initiative builds upon the Zabludowicz Collection’s existing commitment to experimental curatorial practices, including previous projects with international curators and curating students such as The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place with Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Past‐Forward with Vincent Honoré and the annual Testing Ground programme produced in collaboration with the MA curating students from the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College, London.
The Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open is an annual initiative to encourage and support experimental curatorial practice. A major opportunity to work with a collection of international repute, the winner of the Curatorial Open is awarded full and unlimited access to the Zabludowicz Collection as well as a budget of £40,000 with which to curate an exhibition for public display at 176 Prince of Wales Road, London. Applications for the 2012 Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open will launch online in September 2011. Deadline for applications is 1 December 2011, and recipient will be announced in January 2012.
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Opening 7 July 2011, 7-9pm
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