“After Dark” at Mamco, Genève
Erica Baum, Maurice Blaussyld, Alejandro Cesarco, Isabelle Cornaro, Haris Epaminonda, Élise Florenty et Marcel Türkowsky, Mark Geffriaud, João Maria Gusmão et Pedro Paiva, Benoît Maire et Étienne Chambaud, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Florence Paradeis, Tobias Rehberger, Jimmy Robert, Bojan Šarcevic, John Stezaker
“After Dark” is the response by Frac Île-de-France (the Île-de-France Regional Contemporary Art Fund) to an invitation to display its collection here at Mamco. On the completely darkened fourth floor of the museum, the exhibition presents a set of works all showing certain kinds of reality whose meaning constantly eludes us. Works by Jimmy Robert, Maurice Blaussyld, Ulla von Brandenburg or Mark Geffriaud seem to tell us that the essential is elsewhere, in the enigma rather than its resolution—while the contributions by Élise Florenty & Marcel Tu?rkowsky, Benoît Maire & Étienne Chambaud, John Stezaker or João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva offer hallucinatory experiences and dizzying mises-en-abyme.
Although uncertainty and a degree of darkness are necessary if we are to understand the world—shades of Plato’s cave—“After Dark” provides many blurred perspectives that paradoxically allow us to envisage a future in which there will be light.
until 10 May 2015
Above – Bojan-Sarcevic, Untitled (film 4), “Only after Dark,” 2007
Tobias Rehberger, Nikolai’s sunny 09.02.72 (Krylow), 2000
Alejandro Cesarco, The Two Stories, 2009
Jimmy Robert, Sans titre, 2005
Joao Maria Gusmao et Pedro Paiva, Cyclopean Eye (2008) and The Soup (2009)
“After Dark” installation views at Mamco, Genève, 2015
Courtesy: Mamco, Genève; Frac Île-de-France, Paris. Photo: Ilmari-Kalkkinen.