Time Out of Joint: Recall and Evocation in Recent Art
"Time Out of Joint" brings together artistic practices that employ evocation as a mode of connecting past and present. The act of evoking –- or calling forth past emotions, desires, frustrations, and memories –- serves to energize the efforts of realizing change in the current moment, from a personal to a wider political scale. International in scope, the exhibition features emerging artists working in a variety of media, including Fikret Atay, Kader Attia, Ronnie Bass, Johanna Billing, Kajsa Dahlberg, Maryam Jafri, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Katerina Seda, as well as films by Keren Cytter, Jennifer Phang, and Kevin Willmott. Through strategies of montage in various media, ranging from photography to installation, artists recall past landmarks or momentous episodes in order to recast the ideological imprints of contemporary places and events. Video pieces work against the flow inherent to their own medium, interrupting the passing of time. Social experiments, performances, and song weave the personal into a larger collective project, disrupting the isolating effects of imposed social conventions. Ranging from playful to haunting, the artworks in this exhibition break open the logic of time to transform the present into spaces of action.