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/ AOIFE ROSENMEYER
View of Charlie Godet Thomas’s “Roman-fleuve,” Vitrine, Basel.
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Aoife Rosenmeyer

An exhibition vitrine in a contemporary exhibition is a knowing nod to long traditions of display. By recreating a form of museum presentation, it relates to what Tony Bennett calls the “museum idea”(1) and its way of defining knowledge and, more broadly, power. Museums, according to Bennett, are places where... continue reading
“Quiet”

BARBARA SEILER GALERIE, Zürich

View of “Quiet,” Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich, 2017.
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Aoife Rosenmeyer

According to the exhibition’s introductory text, “Quiet,” curated by SALTS director and Art Basel Parcours curator Samuel Leuenberger, is inspired by Susan Cain’s 2012 book of the same title, which champions introverts in a world skewed in favor of the ebullient extrovert. It is an odd premise for an exhibition,... continue reading
Rodney Graham’s “Media Studies”

HAUSER & WIRTH, Zürich

(Left) Rodney Graham, Antiquarian Sleeping in his Shop, 2017. (Right) Rodney Graham, Media Studies ’77 (Meet Me in St. Louis), 2017.
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Aoife Rosenmeyer

Rodney Graham’s large-format light-box tableaux have been a mainstay of his oeuvre since 2006, and are consistently sophisticated and detailed. The artist’s current exhibition at Hauser & Wirth in Zurich includes seven new light-box works that do not disappoint, but, I wondered, why produce these works now? Graham has been active... continue reading
Heike-Karin Föll

GALERIE FRANCESCA PIA, Zürich

Heike-Karin Föll, topless, 2016.
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Aoife Rosenmeyer

Heike-Karin Föll’s exhibition nests within Rochelle Feinstein’s concurrent, longer-running show at Galerie Francesca Pia. The pragmatic arrangement suits, because modesty is Föll’s camouflage, starting with the conditions of the exhibition. At the gallery entrance are 4 notebooks in a vitrine, while the remainder of the works are in a side... continue reading
Kemang Wa Lehulere, Teeth are the only bones that show, 2016.
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Aoife Rosenmeyer

In her catalogue introduction, Koyo Kouoh calls Ireland “the first and foremost colonial laboratory of the British enterprise.” It’s a striking statement from the curator of EVA International biennial in Limerick. Titling the biennial “Still (the) Barbarians,” Kouoh uses it as a platform to consider how the legacies of colonialism... continue reading
View of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's "Breaking Sex" at Galerie Bernhard, Zürich, 2015.
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Aoife Rosenmeyer

A long, long time ago—in 1976—an artistic collective called COUM Transmissions, of which the active members at the time were Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Peter Christopherson, held a short exhibition at the ICA in London entitled “Prostitution.” Pornographic photographs of Cosey Fanni Tutti were the main element: these... continue reading

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