truestories.truesuccess
31.10.2009 - 14.11.2009

Issues of fiction – domestic, historic, intimate, curatorial, urban, virtual and social are explored in this exhibition. The “real” or performed narratives are reformulated by the artists in different media.

Issues of fiction – domestic, historic, intimate, curatorial, urban, virtual and social are explored in this exhibition. The “real” or performed narratives are reformulated by the artists in different media. There is an abstract narration of timelessness by Elena Bajo as well as the direct quotation of specific moments in history by Teresa María Díaz Nerio. Performance, photography, mixed media on paper, installation and video-art present architectures of moments built mostly on personal experience. Focusing on recent European history, Iris Schieferstein presents her own account of the success and tragedies of unified Germany, on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The current phenomenon of the travelling artist is interpreted by IngridMwangiRobertHutter by means of transforming writing into drawing; while language is intervened strategically by Yvette Mattern after an exercise of modern domestic anthropology. Her mother recounts how Blackness has been a constant burden in her life as a woman of Caribbean African descent, and Mattern counteracts the socio-historical results of her mother’s self-doubt, creating a defiant and celebratory carnival-sign installation.
Inspired by disgust and fascination, Andrea Loux collected, during an artist’s residency in New York, the omnipresent pamphlets and brochures predicating the conjuration of feasibility: there is guidance for everything and we can reach everything and anything we want. The promise is there in every slogan: truestories.truesuccess. The conjuration of fate is also part of a performance by Alanna Lockward, curator of the exhibition. Addressing the despair and sorrows that drove her to shave her hair a year ago, she will auction it on the vernissage after having transformed a moment of desperation into “art” thanks to the timely Facebook-intervention of artist Katya Gardea-Browne, curator of this piece.
In another Internet-based work by Amy Stafford, the image of Paris Hilton’s Fellatio is recycled, appropriated and reinterpreted with the help of aquarelle.
The voyeurism-exhibitionism of current electronic social networks is addressed with candor and rigor, offering together with the rest of the participants new insights into the vacuums, vertigos and alliterations of contemporary existence.


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Iris Schieferstein “Deutscher Herbst”, 2009 Photo mounted on plexiglass and aluminum, 120 x 160 cm Courtesy of the artist