We Will Live, We Will See
07 Jul - 14 Aug 2011
curated by Pavel S. Pyś
7 July 2011 - 14 August 2011
Mirosław Bałka, Carol Bove, Steven Claydon, Phil Collins, Aaron Curry, Michael Dean, Ruth Ewan, Geoffrey Farmer, Omer Fast, Rachel Harrison, Thomas Houseago, Marine Hugonnier, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Edward Lipski, Goshka Macuga, Matthew Monahan, Deimantas Narkevičius, Richard Prince, Daniel Silver, Monika Sosnowska
The Zabludowicz Collection is delighted to announce We Will Live, We Will See, an exhibition that brings together a number of international artists whose practices examine the relationship between time, memory and forgetting.
The exhibition, curated by Pavel S. Pyś, marks the culmination of the first annual Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open. Pyś was selected in March 2011 by a panel of judges comprised of Lisa Le Feuvre, James Lingwood, Mark Rappolt and Anita Zabludowicz. He has been granted unlimited access to the Zabludowicz Collection to realise the exhibition and its accompanying publication and public programme.
Voicing accounts of lived experience ranging from the most personal and intimate in character to those shared and collective in scope – We Will Live, We Will See looks at ways of recalling and re-telling the past. Comprising works in different media including sculpture, photography and video installation, the exhibition presents objects and artifacts which bear traces of the passing of time and act as entry points through which we access history. Similarly, artworks may act as the lens through which this past is reconfigured, reinterpreted and made relevant today. We Will Live, We Will See draws upon such works to consider the past not in terms of a normative ‘truth’, but rather in terms of unraveling, replaying and remaking.
Destabilizing dominant chronologies and taxonomies of display is key to the works of Steven Claydon, Rachel Harrison, Sherrie Levine and Richard Prince. Their works look at the importance of taste and humour, fiction and imagination while questioning assumed typologies and linear accounts of time. The permanence of objects is a common preoccupation in the works of Aaron Curry, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan and Daniel Silver. Invoking art historical references from classicism, modernist sculpture and popular culture, these artists deal with the monumental and the auratic nature of art and culture. Exploring methods and modes of display is key to many of these plinth-based works, which blur the boundaries between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, question authenticity and examine their own relationships with primitivism and exoticism. The works of Mirosław Bałka, Phil Collins and Michael Dean explore the gap between experience and retelling, producing and receiving. Brushing collective narratives against the most intimate of stories exposes the fallacy of universal accounts of experience.
We Will Live, We Will See takes into account the dangers of relying on objects to illuminate the past, working with the ambiguity and openness that characterises the multiplicity of voices and accounts of history.