RELATION - CRAIGIE HORSFIELD
25 July 2006 to 24 Setember 2006
Comissariado: Jorge Molder
The exhibition has been organized by the Jeu de Paume, with the collaboration of Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão / Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Lisbon and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
The exhibition of CRAIGIE HORSFIELD at the Jeu de paume sets out to lay the groundwork for an understanding of the deep connections in a complex and significant body of work, it covers a period of 35 years. Together with the accompanying publication it will be the first account of the critical coherence of an oeuvre that is diverse. For many the exhibition will be an introduction to a set of ideas and a body of work that has, until now, been acknowledged in its several parts in isolation as, photography, social project, or film and soundwork, but which has rarely been considered in the whole.
A unique figure and an often-isolated voice describing a shift in the conception of art using the most conventional and modest of means, Horsfield has been a radical proponent of ideas of a coming community since the 1960s. Working as a disc jockey in Eastern Europe in the 1970s, he returned to London in the 1980s and became a crucial player in the origination of the transformation of photography at the end of the decade. In the 1990s, he was a driving force in the development of social art, collaborative projects, and the centrality of conversation. Horsfield also advocated for more than 30 years the introduction of soundwork into the museum, the potential of multi screen projection as social space, and for the central role of the audience in understandings of the museum itself.
This exhibition was presented at the Jeu de Paume between January 31 and 30 April 2006, and will be showed at the Modern Art Centre José de Azeredo Perdigão/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal from July 19 to September, 2006
The exhibition will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, March 15 to June 3 2007.
Catalogue published by MER, Gent, Belgique
Texts by Carol Armstrong, CRAIGIE HORSFIELD, David Ebony
Slavoj Zizek, as well as one interview of the artist
with Carol Armstrong