SHOWTIME: Cinema in the Gallery

Showtime features films by Mihai Grecu (FR/RO), Ericka Beckman (USA), Keren Cytter (IL), Tova Mozard (SWE), Matei Bejenaru (RO), Mircea Nicolae (RO), Jim Finn (USA), Natalia LL (PO), Kirsten Stoltmann (USA), and Dor Guez (IL).

Location: ABContemporary, Breitensteinstr. 45, Zurich
Date: August 22-September 30, 2014

The exhibition will take the form of a cinema within the gallery, and each artist’s video will be featured in one of three categories: Poetics of Resistance, Personal Confessions, and Broken Utopias.

Each of these three themes will play at certain listed times, thus offering the visitors the possibility to engage with the work in a more dedicated fashion.

Poetics of Resistance

– Mircea Nicolae
– Natalia LL
– Mihai Grecu

Personal Confessions

– Tova Mozard
– Dor Guez
– Kirsten Stoltmann

Broken Utopias
– Ericka Beckman
– Matei Bejenaru
– Jim Finn
– Keren Cytter

The exhibition, SHOWTIME, encourages a return to the uninterrupted watching format of the cinema by screening a series of short films at specific times, thus allowing the viewer the opportunity to connect with the work in a slow and dedicated fashion.

The title refers to both the form of the cinema within an art space as an exhibition rather than mere screening, but also to a conscious attempt to create the conditions in which the viewing of the films can be undertaken in a thoughtful and deliberate way, as opposed to the fragmented viewing experience of video art in most museums and art spaces.

The content of the films by these nine international artists analyses societal realities from a multitude of perspectives. Some works are critical, some are funny, but all reveal those elements in life and the world around us that we would rather not notice or acknowledge.

Mircea Nicolae (b. 1980) lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. This year his work was included in ‘Pink Caviar’ at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, and ‘One Sixth of the Earth: Ecologies of Image’ at MUSAC, Leon, Spain. In January, he will begin a four-month residency at the International Studio Program in Brooklyn, New York, USA, supported by the Pinchuk Foundation, after being awarded the People’s Choice Prize as part of the Future Generation Art Prize 2010.

Natalia LL (b. 1937) lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. She works in painting, photography, drawing, performance, and video art. In 1970 she co-founded the PERMAFO Gallery in Wroclaw. Since 1975 she has been engaged in the International Feminist Art movement and took part in various symposiums and exhibitions. Awards and honorary posts: The Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship, New York, 1977; Commissioner of the I and II International Drawing Triennale in Wrocław, 1978-1981; vice chairman of the IV and VI International Drawing Triennale in Wrocław, 1989-1995; “Verein Kulturkontakte” Scholarship, Vienna, 1991; “PRO-HELVETIA” Scholarship, Switzerland, 1994; since 2004 senior lecturer of the Fine Arts Academy in Poznań. Her work has been censured and removed from exhibitions, including the latest at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljublana, Slovenia, due to its erotic content, deemed pornographic.

Mihai Grecu (b. 1981) lives in Paris, France. His work hes been shown in numerous film festivals (Locarno, Rotterdam, Festival of New Cinema in Montreal) and exhibitions (“Dans la nuit, des images” at the Grand Palais, “Labyrinth of my mind” at the Cube, “Video Short list: the Dream Machine” at the Passage du Retz, “Studio” at “Les Filles du Calvaire” Gallery, etc).

Tova Mozard (b. 1978) Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She holds an MFA from Malmö Art Academy and has also studied photography at University of California, Los Angeles. She has exhibited extensively, both in Sweden and internationally, and is represented in several public and private collections.

Dor Guez (b. 1980) lives and works in Jaffa, Israel. He is a multidisciplinary artist and lecturer in the History & Theory Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and a PhD researcher in the Faculty of Arts at Tel Aviv University. His work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art; The Jewish Museum, New York; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Beursschouwburg Art Center, Brussels, among others. Guez is the recipient of the Orgler Research Fund for PhD scholars, Tel Aviv University; the Perlmutter Visiting Artist Award, Rose Art Museum; the Young Artist Prize, Ministry of Culture, Israel; and is the 2012-13 International Artist-in-Residence at Artpace, San Antonio. His first U.S. solo exhibition was 100 Steps to the Mediterranean at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Fall 2012.

Kirsten Stoltmann (b. 1968) lives and works in Ojai, California. She has exhibited work In Abstract America, New Painting and Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K., Bitch is The New Black, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Think Pink, Gaalak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL., Cut-Ups, Fotografiska Collage, Center for Photography, Stockholm SE., Out of Focus, Sala Pelaires, Mallorca, Spain. Her most recent solo show, Rising From The Ashes of Your Mind, was at the Brennan and Griffin Gallery New York and I AM SO HAPPY at Emma Gray HQ in Los Angeles. She is also included in the book, Concrete Comedy: An Alternative History of Twentieth-Century Comedy by David Robbins for the video, Self-Reflecting.

Ericka Beckman (b. 1951)’s work has been shown at festivals, museums, and galleries around the world. Her one-woman shows include: the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, Washington,D.C., and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. She has been in three Biennials at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Amongst the numerous awards received for her work are: Two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, two New York State Council on the Arts grants, and one from Massachusetts Council on the Arts. Her works are in the film collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, plus the British Film Institute, as well as The Walker Art Center Media Collection.
Matei Bejenaru (b. 1961) lives and works in Iasi., Romania. He is a professor of video and photography at the George Enescu University, Iasi. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in One Sixth of the Earth. Ecologies of Image, Museo de arte contemporaneo de Castilla et Leon (ES), Contemporary Art Gallery of the Brukenthal Museum Sibiu (RO), Mucsarnok Museum Budapest (HU), Galerie ERSEP Tourcoing (F) and many others.

Jim Finn (b. 1968) teaches video and writing at Emerson College in the USA. He started making movies in Chicago in the late 1990s and became a fixture on the microcinema scene. His short videos appeared at festivals like the International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Underground Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Impakt Festival, LA Freewaves and many others. His first feature, Interkosmos premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2006 and was called a “retro gust of communist utopianism” in the Village Voice. His second feature made the Top 10 in Experimental Film at the Village Voice in 2007.His third feature, The Juche Idea has screened at the Museum of Modern Art inNew York City,and was produced as part of the Hallwalls Artist-in-Residence Project.

Keren Cytter (b. 1977) is an Israeli artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. Selected solo exhibitions of Cytter’s work include: Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne (2014); Keren Cytter: HOME, Zach Feuer, New York (2014); Keren Cytter: MOP VENGEANCE, Pilar Corrais, London (2013); Tutorial, Deweer Gallery, Otegem (2013); Show Real Drama, Tate Modern Oil Tanks, London (2012); Avalanche, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2011); Project Series: Keren Cytter, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2010); X Initiative, New York (2009); CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu (2009); Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo, Huarte (2008); Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin (2008); Stuk Kunstcentrum, Leuven (2007); MUMOK, Vienna (2007).