International exhibitions

Archives 2nd of 2013


All There Is Left : Lieko Shiga, Paul Johns, Francis Alÿs

Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (New Zealand)

21.07 - 29.09.2013


Précédent Suivant

Français



© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2013. All Rights Reserved

Press release


when poetic operation manages to provoke that sudden loss of self that itself allows a distancing effect from the immediate situation, then poetics might have the potential to open up a political situation. Francis Alÿs


Dwelling on the creative afterlife of images and the grounding potential of the poetic gesturen this exhibition showcases the imaginative productions of two artists : Lieko Shiga (North Japan) and Paul Johns (Christchurch), who have survived the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand. Their projects are accompanied by Reel-Unreel, an installation by Francis Alÿs commissioned for Documenta (13) and screened in Kabul, Asghanistan in 2012.









Exhibition 21 August - 29 September 2013. Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade - Wellington, New Zealand 6140. Hours : Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm. Free entry.


All There Is Left : Lieko Shiga, Paul Johns, Francis Alÿs

Lieko Shiga, UN° 28, from the Rasen Kaigan (The Spiral Shore) series, 2008-2013. Courtesy of the artist

All there is left was New Zealand-based curator Ken Hall’ description of the image archive of pre-earthquake Christchurch. Taking this resilience and potential embedded in this phrase as its point of departure, the exhibition brings together artists whose encounter with catastroph turns to an affirmation of images as imaginative tools capable of investing its aftermath with reflection and hope.


Dwelling on the human side of disaster, Lieko, Paul Johns, and Francis Alÿs each use narrative and performative gestures to restore shattered connections between people and places, and to reaffirm the relationship between past and present. In these artists’ hands the camera is not merely a device to fix reality. Photographs and film are treated as material artefacts that can establish living links with their subjects. They are also trusted as totemic vehicles to commmunicate the ineffable dimensions that make life meaningful.


All There Is Left is accompanied by artist talks from Lieko Shiga and Francis Alys, and « After The Event », a day symposium. For more information, see www.adamartgallery.org.nz/calendar.


Lieko Shiga, UN° 28, from the Rasen Kaigan (The Spiral Shore) series, 2008-2013. Courtesy of the artist