Evidentiary Realism

Evidentiary Realism


Thomas Keenan and Eyal Weizman, Mengele’s Skull, 2012. Courtesy of the artists and Richard Helmer and Maja Helmer.
February 23, 2017

March 1–31, 2017 

Opening and artist talk moderated by Hrag Vartanian: February 28, 5pm

Fridman Gallery
287 Spring Street 
New York, NY 10013
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday noon–6pm

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Fridman Gallery and NOME are pleased to present Evidentiary Realism, a group show curated by Paolo Cirio featuring artists engaged in investigative, forensic, and documentary art.

On display are works by Nora Al-Badri & Jan Nikolai Nelles, Amy Balkin, Josh Begley, James Bridle, Ingrid Burrington, Harun Farocki, Hans Haacke, Thomas Keenan & Eyal Weizman, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Mark Lombardi, Kirsten Stolle, and Suzanne Treister.

The exhibition aims to articulate a form of realism in art that portrays and reveals evidence from complex social systems. The featured truth-seeking artworks explore the notion of evidence and its modes of representation.

Evidentiary Realism reflects on post-9/11 geopolitics, increasing economic inequalities, the erosion of civil rights, and environmental disasters. It builds on the renewed appreciation of the exposure of truth in the context of the cases of WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden, the Panama Papers, and the recent efforts to contend with the post-factual era.

Evidentiary Realism focuses on artworks that prioritize formal aspects of visual language and mediums; diverging from journalism and reportage, they strive to provoke visual pleasure and emotional responses. In the exhibition the evidence is presented through photography, film, drawing, painting, and sculpture, with strong references to art history. In particular, these artists also theoretically articulate the aesthetic, social, and documentary functions of their mediums in relation to the subject matter they investigate.

Some of the evidentiary realist works break down visibility to abstraction to underline the limits of seeing, while others use figuration or synthesis to enhance insight. The encoded information and nuanced details behind the works point to large, highly complex realities that come into focus through the factual evidence shown. Yet these enigmatic and seductive works serve as evidence of the opaque and intricate apparatus of our reality.

The process of translating investigations and documents into artworks underpins the exhibition. Such practices adopted by emerging and established artists of today can be traced to the works of Hans Haacke, Mark Lombardi, and Harun Farocki, who were some of the first artists invested in decoding complex systems of power and conveying them in bold artistic forms.

The creation of evidentiary artworks is the realism of today’s world, which is trying to control, predict, and quantify itself. Evidentiary realists examine such complexity to condemn, document, and inform through compelling artworks, giving form to a documentary and investigative art practice.

Exhibiting artists: Nora Al-Badri & Jan Nikolai Nelles, Amy Balkin, Josh Begley, James Bridle, Ingrid Burrington, Harun Farocki, Hans Haacke, Thomas Keenan & Eyal Weizman, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Mark Lombardi, Kirsten Stolle, and Suzanne Treister
Curated and organized by Paolo Cirio

The exhibition will open with an artist talk on February 28, at 5pm, moderated by Hrag Vartanian. The artist talk features James Bridle, Ingrid Burrington, Navine G. Khan Dossos, Kirsten Stolle, Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles. 

Founded in 2015, NOME operates between art, politics, and technology. By exploring the nodes of entanglements between these fields, NOME aims to raise critical awareness of the crucial issues facing our age.

Fridman Gallery
Fridman Gallery was founded in 2013 and represents emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery participates in a number of international art fairs, and present innovative intermedia performances alongside its exhibition program. 

For further information and sales inquiries, please contact Iliya Fridman at info [​at​] fridmangallery.com or Luca Barbeni at info [​at​] nomeproject.com

For press and media inquiries, please contact Tabea Hamperl at press [​at​] nomeproject.com

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