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Curator guided tour – ways of unseeing

Curator guided tour – Ways of Unseeing
Thursday 18 January at 3 pm
Welcome to join Silver Carlsson, curator of the exhibition, on a guided tour!
Please note that the tour will be held in English.
Free entry.

Lund Art Gallery
September 16, 2023 - January 21, 2024

Ways of Unseeing

Harun Farocki, Cecilia Germain, Maria Jacobson, Chloé Galibert-Laîné & Kevin B. Lee, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Patricia Morosan, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Elske Rosenfeld, Birender Kumar Yadav.

Ways of Unseeing brings together artworks that refer in various ways to the inadequacies of visual representation. The participating artists all work with different ways of evoking the invisible through the adoption of absence as an artistic strategy. Rather than suggesting that one way of depicting the world is superior to another, they emphasize the fact that each method of representation offers its own specific opportunities and limitations.

The title of the exhibition is a reference to art critic John Berger's (1926–2017) popular and ground-breaking 1972 TV series Ways of Seeing and the eponymous companion book. Berger wanted to make the contents of traditional painting accessible, and dispel the public's sense that they were clouded in obscurity. He set out to challenge the notion that understanding an artwork requires specialized knowledge of art history. His demystification of visual codes was only made more effective by the way he connected historical subjects to aspects of popular culture and the visual idiom of the commercial world.

Image: Curatorial image atlas from the exhibition. Photo: Silver Carlsson

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Curator's View - Ways of Unseeing
Thursday, January 18 at 15 p.m
Join Silver Carlsson, curator of the exhibition, on a guided tour!
Please note that the screening is held in English.
Free admission.

Lund Art Gallery
September 16, 2023 – January 21, 2024

Ways of Unseeing

Harun Farocki, Cecilia Germain, Maria Jacobson, Chloé Galibert-Laîné & Kevin B. Lee, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Patricia Morosan, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Elske Rosenfeld, Birender Kumar Yadav.

Ways of Unseeing collects artworks that in various ways represent the inadequacy of visual representation. The participating artists work with opportunities to evoke the invisible, with absence as an artistic strategy. Instead of suggesting how one way of depicting the world is better than another, the emphasis is on how different methods of rendering have their specific possibilities and limitations.

The exhibition's title refers to art critic John Berger's (1926–2017) popular and ground-breaking TV series and book Ways of Seeing from 1972. Berger wanted to make accessible the content of traditional painting, something that was often shrouded in obscurity to the wider public. He reacted against the notion that an understanding of a work required expert knowledge of the history of art. The demystification of visual codes could only benefit from the fact that historical motifs were related to popular culture and the imagery of the commercial world.

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