Thursday, 08 October 2020 12:26

Artium Museum presents Moyra Davey's first exhibition staged in a european museum: Lanak/Obras/Works

Artium Museum presents Moyra Davey's first exhibition staged in a european museum: Lanak/Obras/Works Image: 'Charlie (Flies)', 2019

The exhibition provides an overview of the production of this Canadian artist, who has lived in New York from the mid-1980s until today. Moyra Davey’s work revolves around film, photography and writing. The exhibition brings together films and photographic series in order to approach the sources and processes she has followed in her career

Artium, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art in Vitoria-Gasteiz presents the exhibition Moyra Davey. Lanak / Obras / Works (Gallery A3, until 7 March 2021). The exhibition, the first staged in a European public museum to be dedicated to this Canadian artist living in New York, provides an overview of her production from the mid-1980s until today, including works revolving around film, photography and writing. In order to approach the sources and work processes she has followed in her career, the exhibition presents not only a number of outstanding video works, among them her most recent, i confess (2019), but also several photographic series, including one specifically created for her Artium project. The exhibition is curated by Beatriz Herráez and Nicolas Linnert. Artium Museum is preparing a publication in English, Basque and Spanish that will bring together the adapted scripts of five of her most important films.

The selection of films includes her latest production, i confess (2019), a work in which the author examines the socio-political reality of contemporary Quebec based on figures such as the writer James Baldwin, the revolutionary Pierre Vallières and the political philosophy theorist at the University of Ottawa Dalie Giroux. The words and memories of these individuals are juxtaposed with others from Davey’s own biographical archive, a strategy distinctive to her practice.

The exhibition also includes the film trilogy Les Goddesses (2011), Hemlock Forest (2016) and Wedding Loop (2017), in which the artist establishes an analogy between her family and that of the feminist pioneer and writer Mary Wollstonecraft. The suite of films is completed by Davey’s Notes on Blue (2015), which takes as its starting point Derek Jarman’s film Blue (1993), and Hell Notes (1990), shot in Manhattan and first presented at The Collective for Living Cinema in 1990.

Alongside this grouping, the exhibition presents multiple photographic series, including recent and archival analogue prints, as well as groupings of photographs that are folded, taped and posted through international mail. These images, addressed to recipients with whom she has had ongoing conversations, are ultimately opened up and mounted as photographic arrangements in the exhibition galleries. One result of this method is Blue Ruin (2020), a series of photographs produced specifically for this exhibition and sent to various Museum staff members and collaborators.

This is the first exhibition by Moyra Davey in a European public museum. Her work is represented in major collections, including New York’s MoMA and Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Tate Modern, and it has been exhibited at major international events, such as the latest edition of Documenta in Kassel and Athens. Her most recent solo exhibitions include those at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2020); Portikus, Frankfurt/Main (2017); Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2016); Camden Arts Centre, London (2014), and Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2010).

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Moyra Davey. Lanak/Obras/Works 


Moyra Davey. Lanak / Obras / Works

A3 gallery, from 2020 october 8 until 2021 march 7
Curators: Beatriz Herráez / Nicolas Linnert
Moyra Davey. Lanak / Obras / Works is a production of Artium Museum

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