In Early Events (1996-2000), Liliane Lijn brings to Summerhall’s 2017 Festival five narrative sculptures, exhibited together for the first time in the UK, that form part of a series in which the artist examines her psyche. Like shards of brilliant glass, Lijn discovers early memories embedded within different parts of her body.
In a recent interview (2017) with the curator of the exhibition, Gabriella Daris, Lijn stated about Early Events: "I am not simply using fragments of my body as containers for memory. These fragments transform in my imagination to become parts of structures, buildings, landscapes, enclosures and caves. They hide and protect my past but because they are parts of my body, that past is seamlessly connected to my future."
Liliane Lijn (1939) was born in New York, studied in Paris and lives in London. Internationally exhibited since the 1960’s, her works are held in numerous collections including Tate London, British Museum, V&A and FNAC in Paris. Lijn works across media – kinetic sculpture, film, text, performance and collage – to explore language, mythology and the relationship between light and matter. In 2005, Lijn was ACE NASA, Leonardo Network artist in residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC, Berkeley. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.
Recent exhibitions include The Book of the WORD, Helsinki Contemporary (2017); Lines of Flight, Leicester University (2017); Poemdrums and Koans, a solo exhibition at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf (2017); As Above So Below, IMMA(2017); Beat Generation, Centre Pompidou (2016); City Sculpture Projects 1972, Henry Moore Institute (2016); RCM Galerie, Paris (2015); Images Moving Out Onto Space, Tate St Ives (2015); Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MOMA, New York (2012).
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by Gabriella Daris.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Liliane Lijn's film Look A Doll! My Mother's Story (1994-9) will be screened at Summerhall's Anatomy Lecture Theatre on Saturday 16 September, at 14:00, followed by a Panel Discussion and Q&A.
Image credits: Liliane Lijn, Lavender Queen, 2000. Photos by Stephen Weiss. © Liliane Lijn.