Carlier | Gebauer

Pablo Pijnappel

18 Mar - 22 Apr 2006


21st March – 22nd April 2006, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6
Vernissage: Saturday, 18th March, 6 p.m.

We are showing Pablo Pijnappel’s (* 1979) three-part slide projection Felicitas (2005) as the first exhibition in our new project space c|g+ (arch 49). The Brazilian artist has developed a documentary approach that extends far beyond scientific displays; he draws on his own family history in his videos, films and slide installations. This apparently highly personal starting point generates a space that renders the mechanisms of memory and its iterative processes visible in Pijnappel’s complex, anti- hierarchical narratives about immigration, discovering one’s identity and cultural crossover. These mental superpositions are reflected in the materials employed: the combination of found footage, his own family archive, images taken from the media and the inserted subtitles constitute tales abut subjectivity, in which the imaginary plays an essential role. Felicitas centres on the daughter of a German industrialist who emigrated to Brazil after the First World War; the struggle to create a new identity in one’s “foreign” homeland is reflected almost paradigmatically in her biography. Cinematographic references incorporate a further level of significance into Pijnappel’s works. Chris Marker’s 1962 cine-novel “La Jetée” is the forerunner for such combinations of image and text and the ensuing intermediate interpretative space.

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© Pablo Pijnappel
3 synchronised slide-projectors
slide projection, 80 slides
1/4 +2 ap
exhibition view at carlier | gebauer 2006

Tags: Chris Marker, Pablo Pijnappel