Corin Sworn

Corin Sworn

Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (NAK)

Corin Sworn, The Rag Papers (production still), 2013. Co-commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and NAK. Neuer Aachener Kunstverein. Courtesy of the artist, Kendall Koppe, Glasgow and Blanket, Cologne.

April 10, 2013

Corin Sworn
The Rag Papers
14 April–9 June 2013

NAK. Neuer Aachener Kunstverein
Passstrasse 29
52070 Aachen, Germany

The NAK. Neuer Aachener Kunstverein presents the first institutional solo exhibition in Germany of the British-Canadian artist Corin Sworn. The Rag Papers represents the artist’s most comprehensive exhibition project to date and was co-commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery in London.

In videos, installations and drawings, Sworn investigates themes like the translation of subjective experiences into general history or, conversely, she examines how the process of history is narrated. Her work records the discrepancies that can arise in representing history when perceptions and ideas are translated from one point to another.

The Rag Papers (2013) presents a film as part of an installation in which a synchronised interplay of sound and light augments the film. The film’s main story line presents a narrative shift between the perspectives of two characters, a woman and a man, who interact with a series of objects at different moments in a sparsely decorated living space. These seemingly documentary sequences are interspersed with recordings of transitional spaces like sorting depots and flea markets, whose presence Sworn carries over into a second exhibition room featuring large-scale, textile-based wall pieces as another element that augments the filmic space. Added to this is the recurring narrative voice of a third character whose story line ties the film and the light installation together.

Corin Sworn describes the starting point of the work as the moment when she read Susan Sontag’s introduction to A Barthes Reader and the borders between Sontag’s description of Barthes and the theories Barthes describes began to blur while caught up in the pleasures of reading. Following on this experience, Sworn traces how artifacts are borrowed, tailored to new contexts, and reconfigured afresh in order to tell a new story. She is interested in general ideas of signification on various different levels.

Sworn’s works make recurring use of found images or film excerpts. These are appropriated and incorporated into new narrative histories. For The Rag Papers Sworn also uses fragments of found texts. This form of appropriation is reflected in the type of film production, which also features sound composed by Eric La Casa and film clips contributed by Martin Clark and Cara Connelly.

Corin Sworn (b. 1977, London) lives in Glasgow and will represent Scotland at the 2013 Venice Biennial.

Corin Sworn’s exhibition is supported by Kunststiftung NRW, the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, the British Council, Creative Scotland, and the City of Aachen.

Further events and news:

Corin Sworn: The Rag Papers
Guided tours 14 April, 4pm; and 14 May, 7pm

Karl Larsson: Form/Force for NAK at Art Cologne 18–22 April, at Hall 11.3, Booth N 29
Reading in Swedish and English at the booth: Thursday 18 April, 6pm
NAK will present Form/Force published by Walther Koenig, Cologne. The book was first published in Swedish and English in 2007, and is now translated into German by Klaus-Jürgen Liedtke. NAK and Swedish artist Karl Larsson celebrate the book launch with an installation of sculptural elements as well as a new poster edition.

Outgoing director Dorothea Jendricke´s program for NAK (April 2010–March 2013) ends with the presentations by Corin Sworn and Karl Larsson.

In the program since 2010 were Tauba Auerbach, Claire Fontaine, Travis Meinolf, Craig Mulholland, Hayley Tompkins, Lillian Schwartz, Body Xerox, Karl Larsson, Matias Faldbakken (2010), Morag Keil, h00dumentary, Breaking Point: Kathryn Bigelow´s Life in Art (curated by Benjamin Thorel, castillo/corrales), Simon Denny, Slavs and Tatars, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys (2011), Lena Henke, Goldin & Senneby, Daiga Grantina, Aids 3D (Keller/Kosmas) and Eleni Kamma (2012), Lone Haugaard Madsen, Celia Hempton, Dan Bodan and Corin Sworn (2013). Publications in this period include the poetry book Form/Force by Karl Larsson (Walther Koenig, 2013) and three artist books—Cruise Line by Simon Denny (Walther Koenig, 2011), First Faces by Lena Henke (Mousse Publishing, 2012) and More Than One And Less Than Many by Eleni Kamma (NAK, 2012).



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