In May (After October)

Andreas Bunte (Germany), Duncan Campbell (Ireland/Scotland), Thea Djordjadze (Georgia/Germany), Matias Faldbakken (Norway), Claire Fontaine (France), Luca Frei (Switzerland/Sweden), Cyprien Gaillard (France), Luis Jacob (Peru/Canada), Pia Rönicke (Denmark), Nora Schultz (Germany)

Organized by Kathrin Meyer and Tim Saltarelli

May 8 – June 13, 2009

Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 2009, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

In May (After October) takes its title from two revolutionary moments in Western history, the Russian October Revolution of 1917 and the French student protests of May 1968. Importantly, it also makes reference to the social and political change that many hope will follow from the recent American Presidential election. This widespread call for ongoing change provides a platform for a consideration of the political currency of aesthetic practice. In particular, this exhibition focuses on photographic images, videos and films all working to articulate a productive refusal. From virtual abstraction to appropriated archival images and experiments with narrative structure, this international group of artists moves beyond creating easily consumed and didactic depictions. Together their works raise questions, asking how we can find new ways to say ‘no’ and form suggestions for alternatives, both politically and aesthetically.

In May (After October) is presented in association with the Goethe-Institut, Toronto and the Contact Toronto Photography Festival.

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About the Organizers

Kathrin Meyer lives in Berlin, Germany, where she works as an editor for argobooks. She has worked on several artist books and exhibition catalogs and was a curatorial assistant for the exhibition project Between Two Deaths at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2006.

Tim Saltarelli is an artist and curator living in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of the Image Arts program at Ryerson University, Toronto, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and works at
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, where he organizes exhibitions.