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Group show: Carla Åhlander - Terrain / Kaucyila Brooke - Tit for Twat: Can We Talk? Continued (over)

29 May 2008 until 26 July 2008
 
 
  Galerie Andreas Huber

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Carla Åhlander - Terrain

Kaucyila Brooke - Tit for Twat: Can We Talk? Continued

29.05. - 26.07.2008

Opening: Wednesday, May 28th 2008 - 7 pm

We are happy to announce the upcoming exhibitions by Carla Åhlander Terrain, and Kaucyila Brooke Tit for Twat: Can We Talk? Continued.

Both artists concentrate their work on photography, though their artistic practices show a much broader scope involving documentary moments both in drawings, as well as in video or audio works. Whereas Åhlander is interested in showing social hierarchies in public space (see, for instance, the photo series Cigarette Seller at Galerie Andreas Huber 2006), Brooke displays the social construction of the idea of the „natural“, whereby sexual identities and their different representations often play a major role (see her series Vitrinen in Arbeit, 2001/04).

With Terrain, Carla Åhlander presents a series of photos completed with explanatory notes and plans. They are views of the grounds of an arrival centre for asylum seekers in Switzerland. One sequel shows a view outside presenting the typical look of city outskirts or industrial estates with bushes and a motorway exit slip road in the background. Another sequel shows people who are accommodated at the centre and who are allowed to take a walk on the grounds only at given times. Åhlander’s photographs are not accusations but are precise studies of conditions of existence, shot with modesty, and great respect.

Since 1993, Kaucyila Brooke has been working on the three-part piece Tit for Twat. With Can We Talk? Continued, a new series of photomontages, she now presents the second part of the piece, in which the protagonists Madam and Eve are standing on the edge of human evolution, curiously embarking on a journey through space, time and history. Intellectually fascinated by the idea of „nature“, they decide to visit various historic gardens (Versailles, Vaux le Vicompte), to question the biblical assumption of heterosexuality (Adam and Eve), and to deal with their relation towards other theories of origin. These works reference the discourse on femininity and representation, and draw questions from feminist theory, queer culture, cultural analyses on biology and gender, as well as film and media theories.

Tit for Twat questions the privileges of a universal knowledge system versus the history of change and difference, and not only poses the question of the world’s origin but rather asks about different projections of man’s relationship towards nature.

Both exhibitions are on show from May 29 to July 26, 2008. We look forward to welcome you!

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