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Exhibition Detail
Luis Camnitzer: Arbitrary Objects and Their Titles
University of British Columbia
1825 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2
Canada


September 26th, 2011 - December 31st, 2011
 
Arbitrary Objects and Their Titles (Detail) , Luis CamnitzerLuis Camnitzer,
Arbitrary Objects and Their Titles (Detail) ,
1979/2011
© Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich. Photo: David Aitken.
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In this installation on the main floor of Koerner Library, artist Luis Camnitzer explores the organization of knowledge and how people imagine and make connections between ideas. “Titles” written on torn pieces of paper have been randomly paired with objects found on the university campus. The pairings provoke viewers to make their own connections between text and object, thereby creating unique and unpredictable understandings of the work. Ideas about the way art and education (pedagogy) function are expanded by presenting a semi-chaotic situation that is meant to inspire a rethinking of how we order the world around us.

Luis Camnitzer is internationally recognized as a critic, educator, theorist and visual artist. Born in Lübeck, Germany in 1937, Camnitzer and his Jewish parents fled to Uruguay in 1939. Living and working in New York since 1964, Camnitzer has referred to himself as a “citizen of memory.” His work often deals with the ambiguities of identity, language, exile, imprisonment, and the experience of reality.

This installation is a collaboration of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Walter C. Koerner Library at the University of British Columbia, and is made possible by the generous support of the Audain Foundation. Art in the Library offers new perspectives on contemporary art by presenting art that challenges and questions our current perceptions. More work by this artist is presented in the exhibition, Luis Camnitzer at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery until December 4, 2011.


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