Through their work, they find themselves looking back, both at their own past and at 'the past' in general, engaging in storytelling, or perhaps more specifically, in history-telling. The works selected for this exhibition often rely on retrospective, historiographical strategies, acts of excavation, collection or preservation, and a manifest interest in archaeological methodologies. Through the recovery and analysis of material effects such as the archive and the document, and immaterial effects such as the testimony, Field Work will present a chronicle of the artists' own readings.
In a global culture of acceleration, the work of these artists stands against the forward march of monolithic Hegelian master narratives. Crucial to the investigative acts of reconstructing and recovering, they delve into archives and historical collections to seek out the facts and fictions of the past that have mostly been discarded by the canon. Collectively, these artists address the current crises of both historiography as an intellectual discipline and history as an academic field of enquiry.
Group exhibition featuring artists: Rita Alaoui, Theo Eshetu, Katia Kameli, Kitso Lynn Lelliott, Youssef Limoud, Abraham Oghobase, Thierry Oussou & Robel Temesgen