The Anna Schwartz Gallery reopens in February this year with a large-scale video art exhibition featuring a series of highly acclaimed artists.
With Alberta Whittle, Cyprien Gaillard, Sarah Morris, Haris Epaminonda, Yael Bartana, James Nguyen & Victoria Pham and Hiwa K, each artist will present individual videos, which the gallery will turn into an evolving exhibition over time.
The exhibition has a particularly massive scope: the video installations embrace modern life at length and breadth. Their collaborative and transient nature is a commentary on the increased importance of videoconferencing as the primary method of sharing ideas.
What do you want to know
- Peripheral vision is an upcoming video art exhibition at the Anna Schwartz Gallery
- It runs from February 2 to May 7, 2022
- It is held at Gallery 01, Anna Schwartz Gallery
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The exhibition will showcase the works of leading international video artists transforming gallery space, including:
- Barbadian-Scottish artist and future representative of Scotland at the Venice Biennale, Alberta Whittle with his work hold the line, looking at colonial histories, police brutality and imaginary futures providing time and space for healing and resetting.
- french artist by Cyprien Gaillard Ocean II Ocean which connects disparate and evocative references in a concerto of images, sounds and movements. The film is divided into two main sections which follow each other in an infinite loop as well as a soundtrack produced by Gaillard.
- American and British artist Sarah Morris’ Beijing, observing the extremely confusing and contradictory economics and politics of China. The film explores the spectacle that unfolded during the opening of the 2008 Olympics. Filmed from multiple angles and granted unprecedented access by the International Olympic Committee, beijing captures the discrepancies within the city, from the urban routine of its citizens to the choreographed actions of various heads of state.
- Cypriot artist Haris Epaminonda with his works Chimera and Japan Journal. In Chimera, Espaminonda combines found footage with a soundscape by Kelly Jayne Jones and creates meditative imagery. Japan Newspapers is a digitized version of a work on Super 8 film shot by the artist during his two-month residency in Japan in the summer of 2019, capturing momentary encounters with the many signs, codes and other symbolic gestures in Japan that have caught the artist’s attention.
- israeli artist by Yael Bartana Tashlik which serves as a platform for perpetrators and survivors of various genocides or ethnic persecutions – the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, as well as the Sudanese and Eritrean ethnic cleansing or civil wars – to confront their personal material ties to the horrors of the past . Inspired by the Jewish custom of “Tashlikh” where throwing bread or other objects into a river symbolizes the abandonment of sins, Bartana’s work generates a new ritual of deliberately throwing objects as a means of psychological release.
- Vietnamese-Australian artists James Nguyen and Victoria Pham’s, will present a new video, a The pestle is a hammer, which continues the current project entitled Resounding. Resounding explores the changing meanings of a cultural object over time and across cultures. The sound of the Đông Sơn drum is central to the Vietnamese sense of identity, resonating through two millennia of religion, war, exile and return. This multifaceted project explores the Đông Sơn drum from all angles: as a spiritual object, cultural icon, symbol of commerce and instrument of war. a The pestle is a hammer is a three-part video and sound collage about the violence of infinite distance.
- Hiwa K’s Pre-image which documents performance in Porto, Gdansk and Vienna, among others, and between Greece and Rome along the way. Interpreted as a reconstruction of his migratory past, of which he has no photographs, the performance could also be described as “post-image”. Wearing a bar that has motorcycle mirrors mounted on his forehead, the distorted vision allows him to relive the lack of stability amid his constant state of motion during his migration.
“After the last two years of uncertainty and closures, we are taking a flexible and experimental approach in 2022,” said Tania Doropoulos, director of the Anna Schwartz gallery.
“We are opening with Peripheral Vision, a group exhibition that takes the form of a series of singular presentations over a few months. Above all, the exhibition emphasizes an embodied relationship to watching videos that has largely been lost in recent months.
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