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Hilger modern

Hilger modern

Private Galerie
Galerie Ernst Hilger auf der ShContemporary 08, 10.-13.09.08
  Exhibition dates, Opening hours
VIP Night:
Wednesday September 10th, 6:00 to 10:00 pm.

Open to Public:
from Thursday September 11th to
Saturday September 13th
12:00 to 7:00 pm

Sara Rahbar was born in 1976 in Iran. Because of a revolution she had to leave her country, which caused her great anger and confusion - feelings that are reflected in her works. Today she has found a way of taking advantage of her experiences in order to change the world through her art. Her works are a reflection of her life, her geographic roots, her history, her present, her past, her surroundings and her memories. Her ambition is to show another perspective and to enlighten people. In fact, Rahbar is against flags, because they distinguish people from each other, they accentuate differences. Rahbar is very much against the limits inflicted by a flag, a nation, or a religion. The artist lives and works in New York.

A work from 2006, John Gerrard's Rich Man in Pool (Toni) plays with ideas of influence and significance. A rich man (the eponymous Toni) creates an large splash in his swimming pool, sited in landscaped gardens on a hillside in Sardinia. The spectacle of the splash, which is frozen in time, becomes in itself the subject, obscuring the portrait at the centre of the work. As is the artists practice this scene is remade and placed in the orbiting light conditions of a year, night falls, days lengthen and shorten with the season. Time is manipulated in the work - an algorithm controls the splash, allowing it - at some future and unspecified point to fall away, revealing the portrait and changing the nature of the work. The splash is however essentially permanent, the odds of it falling at any given moment are many billions to one. It will most likely outlive any viewer of the work and those who wait to see the protagonist, Toni, are likely to be frustrated.

Spencer Tunick has been documenting the live nude figure in public, with photography and video, since 1992. Since 1994 he has organized over 75 temporary site-specific installations in the United States and abroad. Tunick's installations encompass dozens, hundreds or thousands of volunteers; and his photographs are records of these events. The individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together metamorphose into a new shape. The bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. These grouped masses which do not underscore sexuality become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one's views of nudity and privacy. The work also refers to the complex issue of presenting art in permanent or temporary public spaces.

The photographer Massimo Vitali was born in Como in 1944 and studied photography in Milan and London. He has been working exclusively in photography for 25 years. In the focus of Massimo Vitali's artistic interest stands the social ongoing at places of leisure and consumerism. Till the shoot he dwells for a while on a platform of 4 to 5 metres high so that the mugged people look as if they are unaware of the presence of the camera. On the brink of voyeurism his photos show reality without any beautification by a revision. In its simple and straight way of representation the viewer is confronted with crowded beaches, densely populated discos, shopping centres, leisure parks and supermarkets on enormous photos. They are unmistakable, detailed event-photos which show the influences of his long lasting work as a photographer as well as they bear resemblances to history painting.

Further artists at ShContemporary 08:
Daniele Buetti
Oliver Dorfer
Andreas Leikauf
Andy Warhol

Sara Rahbar
, flag, textile, 165 x 89 cm
John Gerrard, Rich Man in Pool, 2006, Realtime 3D
Spencer Tunick, Vienna 13, 2008, c-print mounted between plexiglass, Ed 3, 180 x 229 cm
Massimo Vitali, #2227, Marina di massa, 2006, c-print diasec on alu, Ed 9, 180 x 220 cm
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