Liliane Lijn, the artist of the exhibition Early Events: Five Narrative Sculptures, will be in conversation with Monica Bohm-Duchen, independent lecturer, writer and curator. Moderated by Gabriella Daris, Early Events exhibition curator, the panel will unearth the history behind Lijn’s exhibited works and film, by looking at how certain, mostly traumatic, events in her life affected her artistic practice; it will raise questions of how memory is stored in our body, transforming from psychic to physical trauma and how a dialogue between generations, in this case between mother and daughter, may stand as an enactment of oral tradition and memory and also be transformed into art.
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Liliane Lijn (1939) was born in New York, studied in Paris and lives in London. Using highly original combinations of industrial materials and processes, Lijn is recognized for pioneering the interaction of art, science and technology with works that stretch across a wide spectrum of interests and media – kinetic sculpture, film, text, performance and collage – to explore language, mythology and the relationship between light and matter.
Internationally exhibited since the 1960’s, her works are held in numerous collections including Tate London, British Museum, V&A and FNAC in Paris. 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, Helsinki (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).
Monica Bohm-Duchen is an independent lecturer, writer and curator. Based in London, the institutions she has worked for include the Courtauld Institute, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Tate, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and Birkbeck College. She first wrote about Liliane Lijn in 1990, and in 1996-7 included her work in an exhibition she curated entitled Rubies and Rebels: Jewish Female Identity in Contemporary British Art. Her most recent book, Art and the Second World War, was published in 2013. Her essay on “The Two World Wars” is to appear in an anthology entitled War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict, to be published in November 2017 by Reaktion Books; and she has recently initiated a nationwide Festival, planned for 2019, to pay tribute to the contribution made by refugees from Nazi Europe to British culture.
Gabriella Daris is an art and dance historian, independent curator, critic and
scholar. Her research interests include notions of memory and trauma; the
archaeologies, technologies and politics of the body; the material qualities of
air, language, silence and muteness; and the intersection between philosophy, psychoanalysis and art. She has published broadly across journalistic, academic and curatorial readership, including critical essays on Yoko Ono, Gustav Metzger, Liliane Lijn and Anna Mendieta; chapters on Werner Nekes' pre-cinematic collection and on the evolution of anthropomorphic imagery from the Renaissance to now; and scholarly articles on the 19th century French neurologist, Jean-Martin Charcot, and on the dynamic between sports, education and pornography. Her next curatorial project, Theatres of Air, explores ways by which artists staged the body’s internal respiratory activity in relation to its outer environment, and is to take the form of an exhibition, publication and series of events.