International exhibitions

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Ito Steyerl
Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden (Norway)
20.05 - 15.08.2010

04.06- 15.08.2010


07.09 - 25.11.2012

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Press release

This is the first major presentation of the filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl in Norway.

Film as essayistic collage is central to Steyerl's works. She combines own recordings with scenes from Hollywood movies and documentary material in various works, operating within different rhythms and time intervals. Her films criticize an understanding of the documentary image as a bearer of history and authenticity and as an object of empathy and identification. In a time where imagery travels, is being reinterpreted, used and distributed more quickly than ever before, the image as document has lost its apparent authority as a witness.

Simultaneously the documentation and communication of moments and situations has become common activity due to advances in technology. The image has itself become a restless and transitory object, ready for downloading, ripping, copying and recycling. Steyerl's works are based on experimenting with the documentary as form within specific geographical, political and thematic limitations. She turns the instability of the images into an advantage and makes reinterpretable objects of them, thus discussing the political dimension of the image in our surroundings. Steyerl does not hide the director's presence, she frequently stages herself in her films as an object among objects.

Steyerl also works with the historical avant-garde as a starting point, reformulating it to create new works, something which responds to the Art Centre's focus on the traditions of modernism and the avant-garde, but also with our exhibitions of contemporary art that have mostly revolved around the relationship between realism and fiction, between reality and the function of the institutional framework. The experimental film and the documentary's move into the art institution also challenge the art institution as such to discuss its own practices of exhibition.



Hito Steyerl, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden

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Exhibition 20 May - 15 August 2010. Henie Onstad Art Centre - 1311 Høvikodden (Norway). Opening hours Tuesday - Friday 11am - 7 pm, Saturday/Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.

Ito Steyerl

Ito Steyerl