4 Nov 2011 – 16 Nov 2011


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KOUKAN Gallery

London, United Kingdom

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The photographic performance project


'Allegoric Documentary' collects the documentary and performance work of Momoko Suzuki from 2005 to the present.

The term 'allegoric' explores differing meanings of the original 'narrative and symbolic' aspects of words. The term depicts a fictional reality which has been defined as reality by others. It examines the nature of documentary as a process, and questions its reality. This reality is defined as collective personal experience. Subsequently the artist's work captures moments of personal reality, and looks towards what lies beyond.

This work is comprised of: her drawing performance project 'Untitled Drawing Projects', an experimental 16mm film (No Titled), and the Photographic Performance project after which this collection takes it's name. All of these pieces are dedicated to exploring the perspective of time, performativity and the spectacle of visual work. They consist of past, non-verbal, love and poison letters to her ex-lovers.

The eponymous work 'Allegoric Documentary' is a photographic performance project with/out sound installation (2006-2011). The documentary is driven by a series of self-portrait image and describes an emotional flow in a period of momentary love and satisfaction. This is coupled with a sound piece that questions the nature of relationships and the reality of love.

'No Titled' is a 16mm experimental film. It is shown in DVD format, in colour. This work was was conceived as a 10 year project, but unfortunately the original film was burned in an accident in 2005. The film explores the process of love, tide and infinity through it's use colourful, repetitive images. Bold black lines depict a kissing couple. This project eventually developed into the 'Untitled Drawing Project' in 2007.

'Untitled Drawing Project' is a time-based performance. The artist draws directly drawn on to the walls of the space. The elaborate drawing continues to grow and transform, flowing across, and interacting with the anatomy of the architecture. The resultant work resembles the fate of a formless Universe. The transience of matter is reflected in the evolution of the drawing itself; it is subject to the processes of deletion and demolition as a part of process of performance. This process does nothing to undo the activities of making, but the activity of making these drawings on the different architectural surfaces only serves to deepen the process of entropy. The project aims to show the entire process of work to the viewer as both installation, and performance.

For further information of art works, publications and interviews, please visit: www.momokosuzuki.co.uk

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