Archives 2nd of 2013
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… 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-
Exhibition 21 August -
Lieko Shiga, UN° 28, from the Rasen Kaigan (The Spiral Shore) series, 2008-
All there is left was New Zealand-
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.