If Memory Serves
Cristina David, The Square, 2004, (detail) single channel video, 5:34 courtesy of the artist
Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.
- Marcel Proust
Continuing our Critical Curatorial Series, the UAG presents If Memory Serves, an interdisciplinary exhibition of international emerging artists. Conventionally, we understand memory as reflecting a coherent personal history. However, memory simultaneously produces an illusory chronicle — a paradoxical combination of what is lived and what is perceived. We might ask, therefore: what or whom does memory serve? As a response to this quandary, If Memory Serves examines the act of remembrance as both an individual and collective production. Through and across various mediums — including hyperrealist drawing, large-scale installation, abstract sculpture, narrative photography and film — the exhibited artworks ultimately uncouple memory from linear storytelling. In so doing, the difference between global versus local, private versus public, and the sublime versus the real are collapsed. As reconceived through these artworks, memory thus performatively binds the subject's "inner" and "outer" worlds in the most poetic form. Curated by Kellie Lanham, Isabel Theselius, and Allyson Unzicker.
Featured artists: Martin Dahlqvist, Cristina David, Tamara Henderson, Bessie Kunath, Judith Raum, and Martina Sauter