Sean Snyder, Index
12 February – 19 April 2009
Over the last year Snyder has been editing and digitising the archives that he has amassed while researching previous works, as part of a project entitled Index. One manifestation of this project is a website in which this digital archive can be easily accessed (the artist’s intention is that all the files should be able to fit onto a single memory stick). The exhibition contains a number of works that have spun off from Index, including photographs depicting storage media and other physical elements of the artist’s archive that have in fact been destroyed during the digitisation process. Like many of Snyder’s works, these images are as much about the manipulation or corruption of information as they are about its exchange.
The political implications of imaging technology are explored further in the three video installations that complete the exhibition. One takes as its starting point a Soviet propaganda film from the sixties, documenting the creation of an art exhibition at a provincial museum in the Ukraine. Another uses footage shot during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, showing awkward sequences of Soviet troops and Afghanis joining in a celebratory dance. The third video involves more recent material, derived from the American-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. This final work, which combines footage and stills from amateur, government and journalistic sources, updates Snyder’s analysis of our image wars to the age of Abu Ghraib.
The exhibition is accompanied by a number of talks, including a conversation between Sean Snyder and Mark Sladen (Director of Exhibitions, ICA) on Thursday 9 April. The programme also features a selection of films chosen by Snyder especially for families and young people. The latter include free screenings of L’Argent on Saturday 7 March; and Vai viegli but jaunam? (Is It Easy to Be Young?), on Saturday 28 March. For further information see www.ica.org.uk/education
Limited edition print
Sean Snyder has created a special limited edition print exclusively for the ICA. For further information see www.ica.org.uk/snyder or contact Vicky Steer, Editions Manager (E: email@example.com / T: +44 20 7766 1425).
Sean Snyder’s works appear courtesy of the artist; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Lisson Gallery, London; and Galerie Neu, Berlin.
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