Campagne Première is pleased to announce a group exhibition by a selection of artists who take semantic and syntactical shifts of language as points of departure.
Ingeborg Lüscher‘s 1999 film Fei-Ya! Fei-Ya! Fly! Fly! (Our Chinese Friends), presented at the Venice Biennial in 1999 and at the International Film Festival in Locarno, shows a traditional Chinese game with hands. The world of nonverbal communication unfolds in a Chinese bar through the intense images of sign language, putting into evidence, beside the playful aspects, aggressiveness and sensuality between the players. Despite the foreignness of the culture and the impossibility of understanding the Chinese language, the viewer can decode what is happening through context. Lüscher focuses on the tensions between characters, and brings the work to a crescendoing climax through intelligent video editing.
William Kentridge’s 2010 film installation Untitled is composed of 4 flat panel displays, each mounted on a traditional modelling stand. In the films we see the artist turning the pages of a book and drawing on them. Kentridge confronts the world of writing and of the book with the world of his drawings, and allows the observer to participate in the creation of the work. Only in the medium of film are the drawings interwoven into images and transmit the work.
Swiss artist Ingeborg Lüscher (born 1936 in Freiberg, Saxony / Germany) works across media in video, photography and installation, often addressing human and social systems. Her work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions (including at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France, at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands, and at the Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland), as well as in major group exhibitions, several biennials, and at documenta 5 (1972) and documenta IX (1992).
William Kentridge (born 1955 in Johannesburg / South Africa) was a founding member of the Free Filmmaker Co-operative in 1988. Since then Kentridge has earned a growing international reputation as one of the most interesting artists working with film and drawing. He has participated in a number of international biennials, and in documenta X (1997) and documenta XI (2002). Kentridge is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Kaiserring Prize (2003), the Carnegie Prize (1999), the Carnegie International (2000), and the Kyoto Prize (2010). Recent exhibitions of his work have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Jeu de Paume, Paris, and the Albertina Museum, Vienna.
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