Antti Laitinen, Still from video “Growler”, 2009
In the texts united under the title of Atlas, Jorge Luis Borges immerses the reader into tales of his travels around the world - relating stories of the sites he visited during his travels through his own personalized geographies. Real travel diary, this anthology of texts and photographs sets the writer’s eye on the overlooked details of these places – even bi-passing esthetic concerns as Borges is more interested in «the raison d’être» of these entities and places.
Refered to for centuries as an allegorical and strictly iconographical association with movement, the question of mobility is nowadays expressed in contemporary art through practices integrating notions of travel and motion as a significant process. Evoking a poetry of fate and paradoxes, the concept of mobility - between wandering and progression - marks a deceleration of time revealing the existence of abstract geographies.
Each of Dove Allouche’s
works originates from a travel leading the artist to the source of his
subject. If photography is often the first step which refers to the
idea of the ephemeral or of what has been, other modes of representation
in Allouche’s practice such as drawing or engraving come to reactivate
a time lost, a slowness specific to the artist’s gesture.
Antti Laitinen’s work
stems from performances which are documented through photographs, videos
or objects taken from his performances. Joining a search for identity
and a poetry of the absurd, the artist pushes his physical limits in
a quest for the discovery of the wild Nordic landscape. Led by an undeniable
humor and irony, Laitinen’s work immerses us into a world in
which heroism meets simplicity through captivating images recalling
the relationship between man and nature.
Developed through filmic
montage, Oliver Pietsch’s videos are marked by a solid archival
testimony to cinematic and audiovisual culture. From old films to more
recent ones, from documentary to independent cinema through Hollywood
block-busters, the artist plays around with fictional re-interpretations
by a themed selection of chosen images. These images are accompanied
by a remixed or alternative soundtrack, linked or not to the original
fiction. This filmic “reshaping” immerses the spectator
in a narrative of accumulated visuals, whose incomplete nature leaves
the door open to personal identification and to emotions linked to
the recognition and familiarity of the images.
Antti Laitinen was born in 1975 and lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Recent exhibitions include: GSK Contemporary: Earth, Royal Academy of Arts, London; I-Lands, Kunsthallen Brandts, Denmark; Athens Biennale, Greece; It’s My Island (solo show), NETTIE HORN, London; Solo exhibition, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Mänttä Art Festival, Finland; Medium Art Centre, Beijing, China.
Dove Allouche was born in 1972 and lives and
works in Paris, France. Recent exhibitions include: Spy Numbers, curator
Marc-Olivier Wahler, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; La rose pourpre du Caire,
Museum of Art and Archeology, Aurillac, France;
Oliver Pietsch was born in 1972 in Munich and lives and works in Berlin. Recent exhibitions include: The Shape of Things (solo show), D.O.B. Gallery, Belgrade; Solo show, Goff+Rosenthal, Berlin; La Nuit du Court, Brussels; The Speakeasy Show, The Flat, Milan; 4 Weeks 4 Sights, galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin; Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival, Germany; Edinburgh International Film Festival.
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