Keystone is a non-linear exhibition of Liz Deschenes’ existing works. Her photographs and photograms’ photosensitive materials have been further exposed to external conditions - light, atmosphere and circulation to name a just a few. By re-presenting these works, the artist thus extends the works’ process of production, engaging in a reframed conversation of her work that is ongoing.
Works from different series, that span over twenty years of exhibitions, with their own particular circulation histories, operate in the exhibition as keystones, essential structuring elements that hold the other pieces in place, without establishing any hierarchies between them. Changes in the works occurred over time, and do not establish a differential of value, but rather affirm their position as objects in transformation, challenging photography’s traditional expectations on material stability.
After being released to a process of circulations and change, that are unpredictable even to the artist, Deschenes repossesses her own work and exposes an array of alterations. The decision regarding their current status returns to the agency of the artist, who straightforwardly reveals the way the works have been exhibited, conserved or not conserved, stored or on view. These transformations are also ongoing - Keystone will feature different configurations of work throughout the duration of the exhibition.