Annette Kelm combines a group of over 40 photographs from highly diverse worlds of motifs. They were created from 2001 and also include new works specially developed for this exhibition. By looking at various formations of revolutionary dissent the artists in "Audio, video, disco" reflect on the grammar of history as a series of soft configurations of acts, events, and correspondences in counterpoint to today. Works by: Nina Beier and Marie Lund, Claire Fontaine, Luca Frei, Sharon Hayes, Sturtevant, and Cerith Wyn Evans; curated by David Bussel.
We begin our programme in 2009 with the first institutional solo exhibition by German photographer Annette Kelm as well as the group exhibition "Audio, video, disco" curated by David Bussel.
At the Kunsthalle Zürich, Annette Kelm (born in Stuttgart in 1975, lives and works in Berlin) combines a group of over 40 photographs from highly diverse worlds of motifs. The works were created from 2001 and also include new works specially developed for this exhibition.
The photographs – which also will be shown in a solo exhibition at Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, this spring as well as in the Hamburger Bahnhof in the context of the "Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst 2009" for which Kelm has been short listed – appear to perpetuate traditional forms of photographic representation in an unspectacular way: i.e. they comprise still lifes, portraits, object photographs, architectural and landscape photographs in moderate formats, which tend to be based on conventional studio or landscape practices. Annette Kelm works traditionally, her photographs are taken with an analogue large-format camera and are individual handmade prints. The photographs of the artist appear to follow conceptual and critical strategies in that her motifs refer to historically significant correlations. However she undermines the promise of objectivity in her works by adding props that seem surreal or appear to belong to a subjective myth ology. In doing that her motifs transmit into a highly complex network of relationships, which are both visual and substantive in nature, in which constructive conflicts arise between what is shown and what is intended; thus seeing becomes more important than knowing.
Together with Annette Kelm we are pleased to present in Kunsthalle Zürich Parallel the exhibition "Audio, video, disco", an international group exhibition featuring artists Nina Beier and Marie Lund, Claire Fontaine, Luca Frei, Sharon Hayes, Sturtevant, and Cerith Wyn Evans, curated by David Bussel. By looking at various formations of revolutionary dissent – social movements, identity politics – the artists in the exhibition reflect on the grammar of history as a series of soft configurations of acts, events, and correspondences in counterpoint to today. This act of negotiation, the analysis of revolutionary history as an unending process, freighted with a sense of mistrust and doubt, is the thematic departure of the exhibition.
With a special contribution by Rosemarie Trockel.
Kunsthalle Zürich thanks: Präsidialdepartement der Stadt Zürich, Luma Stiftung, Point d'ironie, agnès b.
The exhibition also features a concurrent film and video programme including Project for a Revolution (2000) by Johanna Billing, Mao-Hope March (1966) von Öyvind Fahlström, Videogrames of a Revolution (1992) by Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, A Brief History of Jimmie Johnson's Legacy (2006) by Mario Garcia Torres, Once in the XX Century (2004) by Deimantas Narkevicius, November (2004) by Hito Steyerl and others.
Please consult the website for programme schedule.
For the exhibition of Annette Kelm a catalogue is being planned in cooperation with Witte de With center for contemporary art, Rotterdam, and Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Texts by Zoe Gray, Dirk von Lowtzow und Caoimhín MacGiollaleith and the artist in conversation with Nicolaus Schafhausen, Susanne Pfeffer and Beatrix Ruf.
For additional information and digital visual material please contact: Katharina Pilz, Tel. (+ 41) (0)44 272 15 15 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press conference: Friday, 23 January, 11 Am
Opening: Friday, 23 January, 6-9 Pm
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