Either we will lie or if not not

Either we will lie or if not not

When the curtain falls, look behind the scenes. The exhibition 'Either we will lie or if not not' gives its audience the impression that one is in the middle of a joyful game of hide-and-seek. However, behind a large curtain falling from the ceiling there is no secret room and the ‘Secret Diaries’, which are supposed to hide intimate secrets from unwanted glances, leave a much too wide gap open. The expectations are irritated, just as the kite was robbed of its ability to fly and is now transformed into a semi-transparent star. Already the title of the excibition plays with this contingency of truth games. Although all three artists - Elisa Barrera, Sofia Duchovny, Ane Kvåle - work differently, apart from the shared interest in questions of visibility and supposed concealment, a common enthusiasm for surfaces as well as lines and contours can be discerned. They refer to ornaments and patterns that seem decorative or even superficial at first glance. However, these are not nostalgic, longing references to a time long past, but rather shifts and intermedial references. In their fragmentation, they point to traces of everyday life; they form a powerful contrast to the almost formal and contemporary language. Barrera, Duchovny and Kvåle work with radical reductions - until only tender outlines and hints remain, visible and tangible at the moment of their disappearance. The remaining contours and shadows suggest scenes and worlds that are on the verge of dissolution, that work through association and yet evoke worlds of images.

Either we will lie or if not not

  • Galerie Karin Guenther's Exhibitions 9

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