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.