Thursday, 24 February 2011
For this exhibition, entitled 'Bunker', Hatoum has transformed the gallery spaces into sites of heightened tension, where global geographies are abstracted and condensed, and themes of mobility, belonging and displacement are explored through three new artworks.
25 Feb—2 Apr 2011
WHITE CUBE LINK
The Witching Hour, featuring the work of ten artists from Birmingham and the West Midlands, is an exhibition of photography, painting and film exploring the power of buildings to unsettle or intimidate.
Taking inspiration from a variety of buildings and architectural forms, and exploring both unusual and everyday locations, the exhibited artworks feature sites as diverse as a shadowy cemetery, looming industrial gasholders, underground tunnels, deserted houses after a hurricane, melancholy housing estates and the London streets where Jack the Ripper murdered his victims.
The exhibition explores how buildings can carry the weight of their own histories,
becoming imbued with an affecting atmosphere. It peers into the disconcerting darkness that we can encounter daily, whether in the unnerving quality of architecture at night-time, in the darkened, neglected corners of towns, or beneath the city itself. The collected works are charged with a sense of the ‘witching hour’, a time of night when peculiar things can occur.
Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, choreographer Trisha Brown and artist Gordon Matta-Clark were friends and active participants in the New York art community, working fluidly between visual art and performance.
With the city as their backdrop, canvas, stage and inspiration, this exhibition is the first major presentation to examine the experimental and often daring approaches taken by these three key figures, both individually and collectively, in the burgeoning arts scene in downtown New York during the 1970s.
3 March 2011 - 22 May 2011
Barbican Art Gallery