If you destroy the image, you’ll destroy the thing itself / Exhibition at the Bergen Kunsthall






Bergen Kunsthall [Norway]

If you destroy the image, you’ll destroy the thing itself
Exhibition : September 5 > October 2, 2008







If You Destroy the Image, You’ll Destroy the Thing Itself investigates the medium of exhibition and the role of the viewer in the experience of art.

The production of five distinctive artists is presented in new and older work, and the exhibition is an arena where these different voices speak both singularly and collectively at the same time.



© Bergen Kunsthall



Bergen Kunsthall is extremely pleased to be able to present Endre Aalrust, Ole Martin Lund Bø, Jan Freuchen, Sterling Ruby and Tatania Trouvé in a comprehensive show. It is possible to see a related approach to the field of art in these artists. Common to them all is a self reflection over artistic processes, a consciousness about the social and economic space they operate in as contemporary artists and an interest in spatial staging – where the work always has an open ambiguity.

The title is a quote by the film maker David Cronenberg. The director is speaking here about how an underlying notion among advocates for censorship seems to be that if one takes away the problematic images which surround us, then one also removes the problem which the pictures refer to.

The exhibition does not deal explicitly with censorship, but several of the works, however, operate with different levels of cover ups, moderations, misrepresentations and new interpretations of one kind of essence or another, which have been the starting point for the birth of the work. An image in this context can be understood as a concrete visual presentation, an imaginative world or as a visual manifestation of different power structures. Topics such as the power of images, questions about representation and the visual language’s uncontrollable aspect have different points of touch down in the exhibition.


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