LaToya Ruby Frazier
The three guest artists are using the photographic image to tell the tense relationship between the private and the public, between a personal story and a collective history, between politics as a private struggle but also as a commitment for excellence, and the way in which this is transferred towards the cityscape.
curated by Ami Barak
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sharon Hayes, Leigh Ledare
Five years after a first exhibition under the same title (AMERICANS IN NEW YORK with Matthew Day Jackson, Marc Ganzglass, Jill Magid, Laurel Nakadate, Mika Rottenberg) and within the same walls, the time has come for a bis repetita. But the same title does not necessarily mean an analogous exhibition, or even a "second season”. The pretext is the same but the similarity ends there. New York, undeniable capital of contemporary art, still offers a reinvigorated and revitalized scene. In this sprawling metropolis where artists hail from all parts of the globe, one thing must be acknowledged: the forces of globalisation that can also be found in the art world, paradoxically offer a wide berth to opposing cultural horizons. It is said that New York is not America, but America needs New York for its global existence. This is what this show will try to demonstrate through a few slices of today's art steeped in identity. The three guest artists are using the photographic image to tell the tense relationship between the private and the public, between a personal story and a collective history, between politics as a private struggle but also as a commitment for excellence, and the way in which this is transferred towards the cityscape. AB
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Born 1982, Braddock, Pennsylvania. Lives and works between New Brunswick, New Jersey, and New York
LaToya Ruby Frazier's work explores the psychological connections of intergenerational relationships within her family through photographs and videos that blur the line between self-portraiture and social documentary. Shot in her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Frazier’s images capture the after-effects of a retired industrial town's dramatic decline. Though her focus is self-specific, her work examines the general role that family dynamics play both on a personal level and in society at large.
Her work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions, the New Museum of New York Triennal in 2009, Greater New York at PS1 MoMA in 2010, the Venice Biennale, and the Incheon Women Artists' Biennale in 2011. Latoya Ruby Frazier will take part in the Whitney Biennial 2012.
Born 1970, Baltimore, Maryland. Lives and works in New York
In her performances, videos, and installations, New York-based artist Sharon Hayes examines the intersections between history, politics, speech, and protest. Staging anachronistic and speculative protests, she delivers speeches inspired by the language of politics and the dramaturgy of theater before an anonymous public. She creates interventions that highlight the friction between the collective and the personal, between the construction of fiction and historical fact.
Her work has been shown in many solo exhibitions, at the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York in 2007, the Tate Modern in London in 2008, The Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, to name but a few. In addition she will soon be showing at the Whitney Museum in New York and Reina Sofia in Madrid (May 2012) adding to her list of group shows in places including the Venice Biennale 2011 and the Guggenheim, New York.
Born 1976, Seattle. Lives and works in New York
Leigh Ledare uses photography, archival materials, texts, and social taboos to interrogate human subjectivity,
desire, and the photographic image. He delivers a testimonial of his personal story with an unsettling honesty by
exploring his own psychological and photographic relationship with his mother. His work questions boundaries by shattering the framework of the traditional family structure in placing focus on the atypical and unsettling.
His work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions, most notably at the Rencontres d'Arles in 2009, and Greater New York at PS1 MoMA in 2010. His solo shows have notably been exhibited, in particular at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture at Moscow in 2010, and will soon be presented at Wiels in Brussels.
Jean-Charles Hue, Tijuana Jarretelle le Diable
Galerie Michel Rein is pleased to present the new video by Jean-Charles Hue: Tijuana Jarretelle le Diable (co-produced by L’âge d’or et École Nationale Supérieur d’Art de Bourges).
Filmed during the artist’s third visit to Tijuana in 2011, the work revisits the neighbourhood and characters explored in his 2009 series Tijuana, Carne Viva. This previous series was shown at Galerie Michel Rein in January 2010.
I returned to tell my story to my friends with a beer in my hand, says Jean-Charles Hue. They understood my pain. They themselves believe that things are going from bad to worse here. They say it’s due to the arrival of this couple, El Tuerto (The One Eyed Man) and his wife Pretty Eyes. She is heavily pregnant and has been so for the past two years. They say that Pretty Eyes refuses to give birth to a child by her husband, who has a dirty reputation, and carries an evil eye over the city. Without really knowing why, I began to look for this couple in Tijuana just as I had looked for David. That is how I met the woman who sold sexy lingerie to The One Eyed Man… as presents for Pretty Eyes who is very fond of them. “I suspender the devil” she said, or something along those lines!
The exhibition also shows two photographs by Jean Charles Hue: La Novia Morena and La Carne es un Arte.
At the frontier between documentary, photography and cinema, Jean-Charles Hue's work crosses a number of disciplines and media. His video's immerse the spectator in troubling atmospheres, be it the gritty world of the traveler of the erotic heat or the latent violence of Tijuana.
Jean-Charles Hue has had solo shows at the Galerie Michel Rein (2004, 2009), at Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia (2011), at the Espace Croisé, Roubaix (2011), at the CCC, Tours (2010) and at the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris (2007).
His films are regularly shown in international festivals, including recently The International Film Festival Rotterdam (2011), the Festival International du Documentaire of Marseille (FID, 2010), Hors Pistes, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011, 2009), LOOP Video Fair, Barcelona (2010, 2006). His feature film La BM du Seigneur (2011) was released to great success with the critics and public, listed in the top films of 2011 (Libération, Le Monde).
During the exhibition a calendar with photographs by Jean Charles Hue, commissioned by SAM Art Projects will be available. Sixteen of the art world’s personalities expose themselves in front of the lens. The sales of this limited edition calendar (200 copies), signed and numbered, will benefit projects by students of the École Nationale Supérieur d’Arts Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC).
Monograph soon to be released: Jean-Charles Hue, Espace Croisé, Roubaix, 2012
Linked to the exhibition, Jean-Charles Hue will present his work on Friday the 24th of February at 3pm at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris.
Image: Leigh Ledare, Mom and me in Mirror, 2002, C-Print
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