Liminal Work

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Watching Martin Kohout, 2010
Liminal Work

Novalisstrasse 7
10115 Berlin
January 4th, 2011 - January 29th, 2011
Opening: December 17th, 2010 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tuesday - Saturday 12p.m.- 6p.m. and by appointment
photography, mixed-media, installation, video-art, conceptual


Galerie Suvi Lehtinen is proud to present its second exhibition, “Liminal Work”, curated by Doireann O’Malley and Suvi Lehtinen. The show will be exhibited in two parts with the first part showing ‘lens-based’ works in video & photography, and the second part (in June 2011) featuring ‘hand-made’ works. There will also be a performance evening and film screenings with a discussion on some of the ideas presented in the show.

Liminality refers to a threshold between self and other, internal and external, childhood and adulthood, night and dark, conscious and unconscious, subject and object etc. The Liminal Works in the exhibition display a blurring of these opposing categories.  The theoretical and existential elements present in the works are reflected in their production methods.

For his series the series ‘Ordered Dance’ Jarkko Räsänen has developed an image-editing program, which recomposes original photographs into a new image according to different parameters. This process of fragmentation or blurring denotes the function of a snapshot as a replacement for memory.

The creature in James Gregory Atkinson’s photographic series “Minako” emerging from soft white light, hovers in space between the sexes, where gender and race disappear. The photographs question on several layers how the ‘other’ is perceived and reconstructed in theory, photography and film. Perhaps also questioning how technical representation is used as an analytical apparatus of ‘truth’.

‘Silt’ is a video of compiled footage from a collaborative performance between Sienna Shields, Oskar Agnes Tarplee and Grace O. Smith that took place at the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska in the summer of 2010. The alien landscape of glaciers and silt fuses with the performers bodies that move within it. The work evokes a sense of yearning for a non-separatist experience between humans and nature.

A different state of Liminality is present in Xavier Stentz’s Video ‘Enfant’. The piece takes the form of audio interviews about first sexual experiences, presented alongside a photograph of the interviewee in childhood. The significance of a moment of secrecy, of self-realization, of sexuality and desire is distorted as the viewer watches an image of a child and listens to the voice of adult.

The blurring of the boundary between subject and object, viewer and voyeur plays a confusing role in the work ‘Watching Martin Kahout’ by Martin Kahout. A contemporary questioning of the gaze, time and mass subjectivity in the form of watching You Tube videos is presented through the work. Where do self and time disappear in the process of watching?

Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay’s video ‘The Same Problem’ also questions the notions of disappearance and re-emergence.  A person standing by the edge of the ocean releases a sirens call, which travels across a roaring ocean eventually drifting back to a solitary figure, who repeats the ritual.  The songs and ocean are composed of audio and visual samples from pop songs and film clips, also suggesting the idea of memory as a reconstruction through imagined or already viewed forms of media immersion.

Voin de Voin will construct a one off performance/installation for the finissage, Voin's performance-based practice is primarily concerned with displacement and psycho-geography.