Seasons S01 E04

Double Take

Ayami Awazuhara

28 Nov- 5 Dec 2018

fAN Kunstverein @ SORT Bäckerstraße 7/8 1010 Wien

“Everyone has a car: the millionaire has one; the hired man has one; the hobo has one. And their cars go much more quickly than our cars, because the roads are as smooth as billiard balls and very straight.”

  • Virginia Woolf ‘America, which I Have Never Seen…’

In one of the many wonderful essays she wrote throughout her life, the British writer Virginia Woolf turned her attention to the United States of America. There was just one tiny problem; she had never been there before. Instead, she transformed the noun “Imagination” into a proper noun and had her fly over to this mysterious continent and report back with her findings.

In doing so, Woolf became one of many writers who have used their imaginations, rather than their memories, to conjure up physical locations in the minds of their readers. There were some who went even further and invented entirely imaginary places; In Invisible Cities (1972), for instance, Italo Calvino dedicated an entire novel to descriptions of 55 fictitious cities, and in René Daumal’s posthumously published work, Mount Analogue (1959), the main character goes in search of a fabled mountain whose peak bridges the gap between the earth and the heavens.

A copy of this book sits on Ayami Awazuhara’s desk and has been vigorously thumbed through by the artist. Daumal was the first writer to use the word “peradam” to mean “an object that is only revealed to those who seek it”, which is fitting because – particularly in her sculptural and text-based works – much of Awazuhara’s practice requires an act of good faith by its audience. Or, in other words, they have to want to believe in something before they can hope to discover it.

Her series Landscape Charts (2017), for example, uses text – “stream, evergreen, pebble” – to graphically create images in the vein of concrete poetry, but require the audience’s imagination to be fully completed. Awazuhara is interested in “how to tell stories” but ones which “you [can] imagine by yourself”. The pieces might look minimal, anti-visual even, but at its core the series is about our limitless potential to create images in our mind’s eye.

Like Woolf, Awazuhara is interested in how to imagine a landscape that either herself or the viewer has never seen before. In previous works, such as Possible Woods (2016), a room-sized installation of green metal and wool, that fabricated place was a jungle, but for her exhibition at fAN Kunstverein, Awazuhara recreates arctic landscape. Through limited means – a box, blue plastic, bits of metal, tape, the glow of a projected film – she suggests a path our eyes could take. It’s up to us whether or not we want to follow.

Text by Chloe Stead

Parallel Vienna 2018

You are cordially invited to the project statement of fAN at the Parallel Vienna 2018

Exhibition concept/ graphic design by Herwig Müller @ fAN

Artists Selection: Fabian Seiz, Bobby Dowler, Irene Gellein, Gregor Eldarb, Kristin Kelich, Anna Paul, Anna Grath, Maja Vukoje, Anna Schachinger, Victoria Roth, Giorgos Kontis, Bianca Regl, Eiko Gröschl, Gerlind Zeilner, Dejan Dukic, Ewa Kaja, Valentin Postlmayr, Elisabeth von Samsonow/ Juergen Teller

fAN Archive: A great narrative emerges from the interplay of all the artistic positions shown so far in the Kunstverein fAN and all coming artistic positions. The selected examples deal with moments of exchange and artistic cooperation. They follow the processes of appropriation and transformation of ideas, attitudes and objects. Since 2015, the Kunstverein fAN has been trying to create a quasi informal, independent place that concentrates on the handicraft of exhibition making. The entire programming of fAN, ideally, represents a coherent and linear group show. The individual positions are supported by an artistic practice that represents a close relationship to their material vocabulary.

The Kunstverein fAN has made it its business to present, preserve, interpret and represent contemporary art, especially forms that are vulnerable to institutional neglect, cultural bias, its transience or politically unpopular contents. fAN aims to offer this artists both physical and virtual places for the presentation.

Artists from the fAN archive: Irini Athanassakis, Matthias Bernhard, Daniel von Bothmer, Rainer Bros, Chin Tsao, Antoine Donzeaud, Bobby Dowler, Dejan Dukic, Rouven Dürr, Eden & Lernout, Gregor Eldarb, Peter Eramian, Michael Fanta, Katharina Farnleithner, Line Finderup Jensen, Anna Grath, Irene Gellein, Eiko Gröschl, Johanna Guggenberger, Ewa Kaja, Stelios Karamanolis, Kristin Kelich, Reinhold Kirchmayr, Giorgos Kontis, Bruno Kratochvil, Johannne Rude Lindegaard, Juliana Lindenhofer, Victor Lizana, Melanie MacLain, Irini Miga, Panos Papadopoulos, Anna Paul, Tula Plumi, Valentin Postlmayr, Bianca Regl, Maresi Riegner, Victoria Roth, Anna Schachinger, Maja Vukoje, Niclas Riepshoff, Christian Ruschitzka, Elisabeth von Samsonow/Juergen Teller, Fabian Seiz, Pascual Sisto, Just Quist, Franz Vana, Kay Walkowiak, Andreas Werner, Eugen Wist, Gerlind Zeilner

Venue: Parallel Vienna 2018, Lasallestrasse 1, 1020 Vienna, 1st Floor Room 1.14

Opening Hours
Tuesday 25.9 – 17:00-22:00
wednesday 26.9 – 12:00-19:00
thursday 27.9 – 12:00-19:00
friday 28.9 – 12:00 – 19:00
saturday 29.9 – 12:00-19:00
sunday 30.9 – 12:00-19:00

Evening parties
Opening party – tuesday 25.9 – 22:00-06:00
merkwürdig x parallel vienna – 22:00-06:00
vice x closing party – saturday 22:00-06:00

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