A ravishing film program will be shown at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS. During a period of five weeks the films of five renowned artists will be shown; featuring Dora Garcia, Erkka Nissinen, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Falke Pisano, Maria Pask. The program includes never before shown films in the Netherlands and provides a unique possibility to explore the new and early works of the artists.
Dora García – Dora García’s work investigates the parameters and conventions involved in the presentation of art, the notion of time – real and fictive- and the limits between representation and reality. Her work generates contexts in which the traditional scheme between the artist, the work and the viewer is modified. Dora García uses fiction as a tool to present reality as multiple and questionable, to disclose the mechanisms involved in perception processes and to propose an unconventional relationship between artwork and audience. Dora García intellectual acuity with a dose of black humor, characteristic in her work, is the reason why she is chosen to represent Spain at the Venice Biennale 2011. In this exceptional program her early works will be shown as well as her new films like The Deviant Majority (2010), which was made for the 29th Sao Paulo Biennale 2010.
Erkka Nissinen – The films of Nissinen are characterized by absurdity, humor and deliberate clumsiness. The protagonist in his work (the artist himself) undergoes extreme scenarios like declaring the world there will be a revolution or having a job evaluation while participating in a porn movie. In his videos he often combines acting in actual studio with colorful simplified computer animations. Nissinen makes a great use of the language the media speak to us and does so by pushing to the extreme the most absurd of the elements that belong to that language. Nissinen just won the Illy Prize 2011 at Art Rotterdam for his latest movie Rigid Regime 2009/2011. Nissinen will participate in an artist talk during the film- program at edbprojects.
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz – The artist duo Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, located in Berlin, have made a collection of impressive film installation during the past years. Inspired by historical (portrait) photography and historical films, their focus lies in history of sex and gender discourses and practices, as well as the meaning of ‘visibility’ since early modernity. The works thematize the ways that the staging of visibility takes over functions like self-empowerment, glamour, and recognition, while also devaluing, pathologizing, and criminalizing. After showing the films Normal Work (2007) and Salomania (2009) their latest film Contagious (2010) will be shown at the gallery. During the gallery-book launch of their new catalogue, their current project will be revealed, to give an inside view in the upcoming presentation at the Art Statements at Art Basel 2011, and their parallel project at the Venice-biennial 2011.
Falke Pisano – Although mainly text-based, Pisano’s work displays a strong concern with the existence and features of concrete objects, and in particular abstract concrete objects. In Pisano’s text-based performances and videos, the artist pairs her interest in the specific nature of the act of writing a “text” with an inquiry into the performative potential of language. It’s a unique moment to see Pisano’s early and recent films, alongside the presentation of the Extra-City lecture on her work. Falke Pisano, who is now on residency in Sao Paolo, will be at the gallery with her second solo-show in September.
Maria Pask – Amsterdam-based Maria Pask is known for her project-based work. She investigates collective creativity, empowerment and the position of the individual in the community. Working with social structures, she employs a broad array of methods ranging from sculpture and film to workshops, publications, live performances and events. Her work often has a strong social and collaborative element reminiscent of radical movements of the 1960s and 1970s. It will be the first time her newest film Déjà vu (2010) will be shown in the Netherlands, which was previously made and shown at the Museum of Modern Art Oxford.
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