Anna Schwartz to reopen with “flexible and experimental” video installations

The Anna Schwartz Gallery reopens in February this year with a full-scale video art exhibition featuring a series of highly acclaimed artists.

With Alberta Whittle, Cyprien Gaillard, Sarah Morris, Haris Epaminonda, Yael Bartana, James Nguyen & Victoria Pham and Hiwa K, each artist will present individual videos, which the gallery will transform into an evolving exhibition over time.

The exhibition has a particularly massive reach: the video installations embrace the length and breadth of modern life. Their collaborative and transient nature is a commentary on the growing importance of video-communication as a primary method of sharing ideas.

What would you like to know

  • Peripheral vision is an upcoming video art exhibition at the Anna Schwartz Gallery
  • It runs from February 2 to May 7, 2022
  • It is held at Gallery 01, Anna Schwartz Gallery

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The exhibition will feature the works of leading international video artists who are transforming the gallery space, including:

  • Barbadian-Scottish artist and future representative of Scotland at the Venice Biennale, Alberta Whittle with his work Hold the line, looking at colonial stories, police brutality, and imaginative futures offering time and space for healing and resetting.
  • french artist at Cyprien Gaillard Ocean II Ocean which connects disparate and evocative references in a concerto of images, sounds and movement. The film is divided into two main sections which follow one another in an infinite loop as well as a soundtrack produced by Gaillard.
  • American and British artist Sarah morris Beijing, observing the extremely confusing and contradictory economy and politics of China. The film explores the spectacle that unfolded at the opening of the 2008 Olympic Games. Shot from multiple angles and enjoying unprecedented access by the International Olympic Committee, Beijing captures the variations within the city, from the urban routine of its citizens to the choreographed actions of various heads of state.
  • Cypriot artist Haris Epaminonda with his works Chimera and Newspapers from Japan. In Chimera, Espaminonda combines found images with a soundscape by Kelly Jayne Jones and creates meditative images. Newspapers from Japan is a digitized version of a work on Super 8 film shot by the artist during his two-month residency in Japan in the summer of 2019, capturing momentary encounters with the many signs, codes and other symbolic gestures in Japan that have caught the artist’s attention.
  • israeli artist that of Yael Bartana Tachlikh which serves as a platform for perpetrators and survivors of various genocides or ethnic persecutions – the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, as well as Sudanese and Eritrean ethnic cleansing or civil wars – to confront their personal material ties to the horrors of the pass. Inspired by the Jewish custom of “Tashlikh” where throwing bread or other objects into a river symbolizes the abandonment of sins, Bartana’s work generates a new ritual of deliberately disposing of objects as a means of psychological liberation. .
  • Vietnamese-Australian artists James Nguyen and Victoria Pham’s, will present a new video, a The pestle is a hammer, which continues the current project entitled Resounding. Resounding explores the changing meanings of a cultural object over time and across cultures. The sound of the Đông Sơn drum is essential to the Vietnamese sense of identity, resonating through two millennia of religion, war, exile and return. This multifaceted project explores the Đông Sơn drum from all angles: as a spiritual object, a cultural icon, a trade mark and an instrument of war. a The pestle is a hammer is a three-part video and sound collage on the violence of infinite distance.
  • Hiwa K Pre-image which documents a performance in Porto, Gdansk and Vienna, among others, and between Greece and Rome along the way. Interpreted as a reconstruction of his migratory past, of which he has no photographs, the performance could also be qualified as a “post-image”. Carrying a bar with motorcycle mirrors mounted to his forehead, the distorted vision allows him to relive the lack of stability amid his state of constant movement on his migration.

“After the last two years of uncertainty and closures, we are taking a flexible and experimental approach in 2022,” said Tania Doropoulos, director of the Anna Schwartz gallery.

“We are opening with Peripheral Vision, a group exhibition that takes the form of a series of unique presentations over a few months. Importantly, the exhibit emphasizes an embodied relationship with video viewing that has been largely lost in recent months.

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