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"Represent by David Blandy and Saskia Holmkvist"
2006-03-31 until 2006-05-07
Gasworks Gallery
London, , UK United Kingdom

REPRESENT brings together two emerging artists, David Blandy and Saskia Holmkvist, who offer medium-reflexive approaches for producing artworks in order to scrutinise various systems of contemporary cultural representation. The exhibition will look predominantly at their compelling use of video as a means to investigate the mechanisms through which knowledge-production and cultural identities are formed. REPRESENT will be a unique and exciting play-off between Blandy’s and Holmkvist’s individual projects. It will include new works by both artists which interrogate personal and wider public representations and personas.

Blandy’s works document performative acts, often in which the artist is seen clearly miming to film scenes or pop records. Blandy carefully selects songs and scenes for their inherent cultural stereotypes, whether race or class orientated, which he then unravels to highlight the extent to which our sense of self may be formed through the mass media. Holmkvist’s works investigate the authenticity of sources of knowledge-production, such as the medium of documentary reportage, in order to reveal how such an authoritative means for common understanding can be manipulated. Holmkvist also analyses the means used by visual arts institutions for marketing and PR, to research the strategies underlying their public identities.

Gasworks is a contemporary arts organisation in South London housing 12 artists' studios and presenting a programme of exhibitions, residencies, international fellowships and educational projects. Gasworks focuses on visual arts practice, working discursively with emerging UK-based and international artists towards the development of their work. Through its programme, Gasworks aims to contribute to the dissemination of contemporary arts practice to a wider audience. Gasworks is part of the Triangle Arts Trust's international network of artists and organisations.


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