The Kunst Haus Wien, renowned for its express interest in and critical approach to pressing ecological issues, presents Lina Selander’s Shadow Optics. The title of the exhibition references an extreme light, as if inverted, exposing darkness as well as light; a no less photographic event than the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, inscribing shadows on the surface of the city.
International Archives 1st half of 2019
The exhibition assembles a group of works and documents describing a migration between utopia and collapse, where technological and/or ideological development as generators of energy and destruction are inescapably linked.
Selander’s films and installations can be read as compositions or thought models, where ideas and conditions are explored and weighed. She examines relationships between memory and perception, photography and film, and language and image. Shadow Optics explores the different possibilities of the material: re-
The exhibition is comprised of Lenin's Lamp Glows in the Peasant’s Hut (2011), with a vitrine consisting of radiographs and a stainless-
The steel plaque reflecting the moving images as well as the surrounding space also constitutes a map or diagram of the work. Deriving from the makeup of a documentary—a “ground level” index of sources and narrative, intersecting mine shafts open and form a network of intersecting tunnels, linking disparate phenomena and images, archaeologically piecing together fragments into a narrative. Model of Continuation re-
The new film, Överföingsdiagram nr 2 [Diagram of Transfer No. 2] (2018-
Curated by Basak Senova
In conjunction with the exhibition, a book edited by Basak Senova that discusses the ideological, political, ecological, aesthetic and methodological aspects of the project will be launched at the opening of the exhibition. The book starts with a preface by Bettina Leidl and Verena Kaspar-
Lina Selander’s solo shows include Argos – Centre for Art and Media, Brussels; Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London; Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; VOX – Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montrél. She was the Swedish representative at the Venice Biennale 2015. A selection of her group shows include: The Kyiv Biennale 2015; Seoul Media City Biennale 2014; Manifesta 2012 in Genk, Belgium; The Bucharest Biennale 2010; and exhibitions at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Lina Selander is also one of the artists taking part in the Cross Sections project (2017-
Both the exhibition and the book are generously supported by Iaspis.
Lina Selander, Oeverfoeringsdiagram nr 2 (Diagram of Transfer No. 2), 2018/2019. © Lina Selander.
Exhibition January 24 -
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