Last Tango, Zürich
Dougle Take, group show, Last Tango, Zürich, Switzerland
24.08.18 – 03.11.18
Curated by Linda Jensen & Arianna Gellini
Photo credit: Kilian Bannwart
Fluid in its approach the exhibition Double Take features thematic juxtapositions, continuities and ruptures with many works pertaining to the potential of the misidentified, misheard and the ambiguous space of the inexpressible. The exhibition explores subjects such as the limitations of language, the act of muting, subjectivity, immateriality, montage and hybridity, the process of sedimentation as well as historical memory. A double take is a moment oftentimes depicted in cartoons when a character glances at something without much reaction, turns away, and then, in a moment of realization, snaps their head around with a big expression.
Manon Wertenbroek (b.1991, Lausanne) and the artist duo Chérif Defraoui (b. 1932–1994, Geneva) & Silvie Defraoui (b. 1935, St. Gallen) use experimental methods in photography and video (through reflection or superimposition) and have been working intuitively with traditional subjects of still-life and portraiture wherein the narratives relate to complex and ambiguous emotional states and to personal experience. Engraved onto PVC mirror, Wertenbroek’s subjects, be they still lives or figures, are carved and appear blurrily rendered, yet at the same time also carefully detailed (such as with the continuous outlines of hair strands). Prior to photographing the image Wertenbroek uses the glow of the computer as her light source and in photographing the metallic mirror surface she ‘freezes’, flattens and captures the otherwise fluid and refractive surface. What otherwise would be an intimate bust portrait comes across distanced due to the lack of facial details, making for the persona to be conjured by the onlooker.
Chérif & Silvie Defraoui /Manon Wertenbroek
Jason Dodge /Bruno Jakob
Per Kirkeby /Katja Schenker
Vittorio Santoro /Simon Starling
Gregory Hari /Samson Young
Michael Etzensperger /Christoph Hefti