Does the Mirror Make the Picture
Sequences proudly presents Does the Mirror Make the Picture, a solo exhibition by Joan Jonas, at The Living Art Museum on the occasion of Sequences art festival eight edition.
Since the late 1960s, Joan Jonas (b. 1936, New York) has created groundbreaking multidisciplinary works that investigate time-based structures and the politics of spectatorship. Her projects often simultaneously incorporate elements of theater, dance, sound, text, drawing, sculpture, and video projection. They rely on alternate identities, narrative symbols and threads, but they also refuse linearity, privileging instead the doubled and fractured tale.
A pioneer of video art, Jonas began using the Portapak video system in 1970 to explore the shifts that occur from the camera to the projection to the body and the space of the live action. For her recent videos, performances, and installations, Jonas has frequently collaborated with musicians and dancers and has drawn from literary sources and mythic tales in realizing her multi-layered explorations.
Jonas’ exhibition will include a selection of works from throughout her career, from her early videos Wind (1968) and Song Delay (1973) to stream or river or flight or pattern (2016/2017), a project that she conceived on recent travels to Venice, Singapore, Nova Scotia, and Vietnam.
Jonas will also present a performance at Tjarnarbíó Cinema on Sunday, October 8, featuring a new collaboration with Icelandic composer and musician María Huld Markan.
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Sequences art festival opens its ten-day biennial in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 6, 2017 and proudly presents the work of twenty-one local and international artists.
Margot Norton, curator at the New Museum in New York, is the curator of Sequences VIII.
Image: Joan Jonas, Stream or river flight or pattern, 2016-2017, video still © 2017 Joan Jonas Artists Rights Society (ARS), New-York
The hub of Sequences VIII will be the newly opened Marshall House, home to the artist-run spaces The Living Art Museum and Kling & Bang. The festival will also take place in other artist-run and publicly funded locations throughout Reykjavik.
A blossoming off-venue program will be presented alongside the curated program.
The Living Art Museum, Kling & Bang and the Icelandic Art Center are responsible for Sequences and this eighth edition is organized by a team including curator Margot Norton, producer Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir and the board of Sequences.
Sequences is made possible with support from Iceland Visual Arts Fund, City of Reykjavík, Promote Iceland, Iceland Naturally and the all-embracing and invigorating collaborative effort of artists.