Sunday, 10 October 2010

the amazing it has to be this way2

WHAT AN AMAZING SHOW!!!! go and see immediately - I have long loved and admired the work of Lindsay Seers and am so pleased she is here in the Midlands. It was also lovely to finally meet her and catch up with others at the preview. The official blurb goes like this:

Lindsay Seers seeks to unravel the strange disappearance of a young woman, Christine Parkes, her stepsister. Old letters, her stepsister’s notes and a box of photographs act as her point of departure as she sets out to find the truth, a truth which leads her to tales of diamond smuggling in Western Africa.

It has to be this way² is a large architectural structure, inside a video installation is projected onto a circular screen. The apparently unconnected images filling this light pool in the intense darkness are fragmentary, the viewer cannot piece them together to construct a complete sequence of events. This is because Lindsay Seers’ work traces not simply a narrative account emerging from the disappearance of her step sister, but the constantly transforming quality of memory itself.

Her work centres on a tension between fact and fiction. Using different voices in the same narrative challenges the idea that one is either true or false. Seers also questions the truthfulness of the camera, can this as apparatus be relied upon? Or are in fact creative impulses within all documentary texts and images?

An exhibition of prints from the eighteenth century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi creates a dialogue with the Lindsay Seers’ work and their shared preoccupations with light and dark, reality and fantasy, loss and displacement.

This exhibition has been co-commissioned by the National Gallery of Denmark and Mead Gallery in association with Matt’s Gallery, London. Lindsay Seers is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.

Did I mention this show was amazing?

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