Collective memory and personal experience are the inspiration for a new video art exhibition curated by Seoyoung Kim at DNA Berlin. Evidence was inspired partly by Paul Valéry’s assertion that “an image is more than an image and sometimes shows more than the object of which it is an image.” The exhibition consists of videos from eight artists who were invited to rethink “the stories that have been overshadowed by social histories” by presenting their own historical and political heritages and understandings through an artistic lens. Each video explores a unique topic and together they bring a sense of unity and universality in their depictions of traumatic periods and the roles of individuals in the tide of world history.
The films include Jeamin Cha's story based on real events about a father attempting to solve his son’s mysterious death in the Korean Army, as well as her bizarre story about a couple whose death is portrayed under neon light and grotesque hysterical sounds; a conversation over a meal with Adolf Hitler’s official food taster presented by Clemens Krauss; Mariam Ghani's exploration of the collapses and restorations of people’s desires through a comparison of two symbolically-selected buildings in Germany and Afghanistan; artist confessions from the front lines of the Vietnamese resistance, and the responsibility of the artist during times of war, compiled by Dinh Q. Lê; an eerie landscape constructed by Mariana Vassileva of a secluded Russian city where a piano explodes under cannon fire and a ballerina dances dreamily by; and finally Yao Jui Chung's dramatic retelling of Nationalist rebellion against Communists on Kinmen Island, performed by one shouting actor who stands as stark contrast to the deserted scenes around him. These artists and their works challenge definitions of truth and memory on a personal and collective level and bring the individual to the forefront of historical experience.
The exhibition begins November 27 and runs through January 27, 2016 at DNA Gallery in Berlin. Until then, check out some stills from select videos from the exhibition below:
Evidence runs November 27, 2015 through January 27, 2016 after an opening event on November 26 at DNA Gallery. See DNA Berlin’s website for more information.