Thursday, 15 February 2007
SOME TIME WAITING
SOME TIME WAITING CURATED BY ADAM CARR
KADIST ART FOUNDATION – PARIS
February 16th – April 1st, 2007
Olivier Babin, Robert Barry, Johanna Billing, Pierre Bismuth, Marcelline Delbecq, Jason Dodge, Ryan Gander, Isabell Heimerdinger, Jiri Kovanda, David Lamelas, Kris Martin, Jonathan Monk, Dominique Petitgand, Dan Rees, Mungo Thomson, Mario Garcia Torres, Elin Wikström, Jordan Wolfson.
Some Time Waiting is a unique exhibition that brings together the work of over 15 international artists. Uniting both thematic and conceptual approaches to exhibition-making, the exhibition focuses on works that explore notions of waiting, delay and anticipation. In addition, the central ideas addressed by the included works serve as the premise for the actual setup and installation of the exhibition itself. During the exhibition run, Some Time Waiting will encompass different arrangements of artists and their work by way of a changing display. This follows from the provisional and temporal nature of a number of the included artworks, or a distinct change in the treatment of the exhibition: from a preceding solo presentation of the work of Mungo Thomson (January 25th – February 11th 2007) to the setting and environment of a group exhibition, structured in response to the work and as a means to overcome the spatial limitation of the exhibition space. In doing so, the exhibition aims to investigate the idea of a group exhibition as a programme that aspires to transcend the notion of art presentation as a static and unalterable configuration. A number of the works included in the exhibition turn to the subject of waiting as a utopian gesture, in particular, being reflective of an optimistic outlook for the future. Other pieces induce feelings of ambivalence, uncertainty or despair; or remind us that waiting can be much more than just an innocent game of patience, but rather an indicative outcome of a political reality suppressing and hindering our daily progress. Fundamentally, what defines and characterises the artworks is a particular performativity and latent inaction, which sets to animate the exhibition space and thus position viewers as ‘active’ spectators rather than passive or ancillary subjects.
Adam Carr is an independent curator and writer based in Paris and London.
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