Joachim Koester, The Magic Mirror of John Dee, 2006, Selenium toned silver gelatin print, 60 x 50 cm (70 x 80 cm framed + text), Ed. 2/10
Courtesy Jan Mot, Bru
Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art presents
November 17 through January 6
Philippe Decrauzat | Norma Jeane | Dave Allen | Loris Greaud | Tony Matelli | Gianni Motti | Luca Francesconi | Pierre Vadi | Joachim Koester
Curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 16 | 10 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 8 pm | Saturday from noon to 8 pm | Closed Monday
"Have you heard about the illness hysteria siberiana? it affects farmers staying in Siberia. Try to imagine this. You're a farmer, living all alone on the Siberian tundra. Day after day you plough your fields. As far as the eye can see, nothing. To the north, the horizon, to the east, the horizon, to the south, to the west, more of the same. Every morning, when the sun rises in the east, you go out to work in your fields. When its directly over head, you take a break for lunch. When it sinks in the west, you go home to sleep. (..) Day after day you watch the sun rise in the east, pass across the sky, then sink in the west, and something breaks inside you and dies. You throw your plough aside and, your head completely empty of thought, you begin walking toward the west. Heading toward a land that lies west of the sun. Like someone possessed, you walk on, day after day, not eating or drinking, until you collapse on the ground and die. That's hysteria siberiana."
(Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun)
The curator and artists Pierre Vadi and Phillipe Decrauzat will be present during the opening reception.