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The exhibit nonliteral presents thirteen international projects of new and diverse storytelling methodologies in video art. In addition to works by Rebecca Allen, Bjørn Melhus, Yves Netzhammer, Kota Ezawa, Julia Charlotte Richter and Katrin Stroebel, films by Inbar Ben Ishay, Candice Breitz, Stefan Constantinescu, Cao Guimarães, Richard Mosse, Jack + Ruby Leigh and Julika Rudelius can also be seen. Recent works and works which already achieved an historical status are presented side by side. Along with animation and performance approaches, you will also find artistic ideas that reference the technique of collage (found footage) as well as the new narrative strategies of American series.

The timeline begins with Bjørn Melhus’s 2001 piece »The Oral Thing«, which is a parody of U.S. reality TV, and finishes with this year’s Venice Biennale Irish Pavillion exhibition, the 5- channel installation »The Enclave« by Richard Mosse, which speaks of the horrors of the ongoing war in Congo and the suffering of the population, in images that have a strange and seductive beauty.

Richard Mosse · »Platon, North Kivu, Eastern Congo«, 2012 Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse · »Platon, North Kivu, Eastern Congo«, 2012
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

»The Enclave« is a search for more adequate strategies to represent eastern Congo’s overlooked humanitarian disaster, in which at least 5.4 million people have died of war-related causes since 1998. Employing an obsolete military surveillance film which registers infrared light, The Enclave immerses the viewer in a challenging and sinister world, exploring aesthetics in a situation of profound human suffering. At the heart of the project, as Mosse states, is an attempt to bring »two counter-worlds into collision: art’s potential to represent narratives so painful that they exist beyond language, and photography’s capacity to document specific tragedies and communicate them to the world«.

Jack + Leigh Ruby’s installation translates real events directly into cinematic fiction. Produced by the artists Eve Sussman and Simon Lee, »Car Wash Incident« is an re-enactment of an actual insurance fraud, its planning and implementation differing very little, arguably, from many artistic strategies. World premiere at B3 Biennale – Frankfurt 2013!

Car Wash Incident – 6 min. excerpt

The exhibition will be hosted at the brand new quarters of Atelierfrankfurt. For the first time, it will open its new home in Frankfurt’s East End to a wider audience.

nonliteral – Artistic Positions on New Narratives
Opening in Atelierfrankfurt: 31.10.2013 at 8.30 pm
Exhibition Duration: 01.11. – 07.11.2013
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, daily from 10 – 20 Uhr