Untitled (Evidence): From Alternative Knowledge to Counter Memories

Untitled (Evidence): From Alternative Knowledge to Counter Memories


Elad Lassry, “Mushrooms,” 2011.
David Roberts Collection, London.

June 27, 2011

Untitled (Evidence)
From Alternative Knowledge to Counter Memories
1 July–20 August 2011

30 June 2011, from 6.30 PM

An exhibition with Özlem Altin, Neil Beloufa, Elad Lassry and Rinus van de Velde, curated by Vincent Honoré.

111 Great Titchfield Street
London W1W 6RY

Opening times:
Tuesday–Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 11am–4pm

How do we inhabit an image? How can alternative knowledge and counter-memories be generated through the displacement, misplacement or condensation of collected imagery? The works in the exhibition explore the recreation and transposition of narrative structures, applied to systems of representation, image production and dissemination. The separation of roles between authors, actors, protagonists and observers in the images’ treatment, or manipulation, leave them as unanswered enigmas in which meaning is to be reinvented through the viewer’s active participation.

Collection, displacement, detachment: here is the movement of the archives of images in the works, mostly installations, created for this project at David Roberts Art Foundation.

It is through an evolving archive of images that Özlem Altin (b. 1977, Germany) induces concepts concerned with disappearance, shadow, and memory. Her extensive research has amassed a large collection of images she keeps re-using and reconfiguring in site-specific installation and publications that are questioning the structures of image’s presentation.

Neil Beloufa (b. 1985, France) demonstrates a persisting interest in dichotomies; reality and fiction, cause and effect, presence and absence, all of which he communicates through mediums ranging from sculpture, video, installation and conceptual photography. His video Untitled (2010) charts the story of an Algerian family whose house was forcefully occupied by terrorists. Yet, truth is questioned here through the family’s attempts to imagine how the terrorists may have acted in their home, thus replacing truth with fantasy in order to create documentary.

Elad Lassry (b. 1977, Israel) defines his work as “consumed with pictures.” Pulling images from magazines and film archives Lassry recontextualises this imagery in a manner that evokes traditions of story building and of narratives. “I’m fascinated by the collapse of histories and the confusion that results when there is something just slightly wrong in a photograph”.

Through his practice Rinus van de Velde (b. 1983, Belgium) explores the narratives of collective myth and history. His imagery is first generated by a large archive of collected photographs, before he transforms the image into large-scale black graphite drawings. This transformation from ‘realistic’ image to ‘allegoric’ image is accompanied by a narrative text often created in collaboration with a writer.

The exhibition is supported by Institut Français, the Embassy of Israel and the Flemish Authorities.

The David Roberts Art Foundation

The David Roberts Art Foundation is a platform dedicated to productions and experiments, curated by Vincent Honoré. The David Roberts Art Foundation Limited is a registered charity in England and Wales (No. 1119738) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (No. 6051439) at 25 Gosfield Street, London, W1W 6HQ. It is proudly supported by the Edinburgh House Estates group of companies.

111 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 6RY
Tel: 44 (0)20 7637 0868.
Opening times: Tuesday–Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 11am–4pm

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