Strategies for Concealing
Artists: Emily Bates, Xing Danwen, Sagi Groner, Boukje Janssen, Chris Jones, Iosif Kiraly, Ana Maria Micu, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Catalin Petrisor, Victor Racatau, Kathrin Schlegel, Marike Schuurman, Levi van Veluw, Carine Weve, Dr. Stefan Tiron & Scientific Secretary Alexandra Croitoru (WMDIC)
Curated by Maria Rus Bojan for C-Space, Beijing
November 22nd, 2008 - February 8th, 2009
C- Space is pleased to present “Strategies for Concealing”, an international group exhibition curated by Maria Rus Bojan .
The exhibition will display over 30 pieces from 15 artists from Argentina , The Netherlands, England , Romania , Israel and China , including newly created work.
Bringing together this international group of artists, many of whom are showing in a Chinese context for the first time, the exhibition “Strategies for Concealing” proposes an investigation on how artists produce new meanings by using, appropriating or subverting camouflage techniques and practices.
The exhibition intends to question what the role of concealment is and how it manifests itself in a time where everything around us is becoming more invisible. Examples abound, from military advances to financial institutions and the movements of capital to nano-technology and bio-cybernetics.
Rather than de-cloaking that which was once camouflaged, the works presented in this exhibition accentuate the contradictions that result at the intersection of various strategies of concealment, pointing with irony to excessive “concealing for concealments sake” techniques and making more visible emerging visual incongruities. Spanning ideas from scientific and technological camouflage to techniques employed by the military, from biology to aesthetics, the artists invited offer a dialectical response to the question of what camouflage means right now.
In conjunction with this exhibition an extensive catalogue will be published that will offer further debate on the artistic survey of this topic.
The exhibition has been made possible with the support of: Galerie Martin Van Zomeren Amsterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos Amsterdam/ Rotterdam , MB Art Agency Amsterdam, carlier/gebauer Berlin , Project Stichting Amsterdam