// Lost in Depiction/ Part One// Curation and work for Fotopub 2018// Novo Mesto - Slovenia
With work from Caz Egelie, Dan Adlesic and Lily Lanfermeijer
Depictions of space are something we become familiar with from a very young age. From interactive villages in children’s games to living rooms in old family photos and roadside commercial lifestyle billboards, our physical surroundings are translated and deployed as a means of archiving and communication. In these depicted spaces reality is blended together with new narratives, creating a huge subjective archive of references and memories. So how do we perceive and experience depicted space: As part of our reality, as a possibility for change or alteration, or as pure fiction?
The starting point of this investigation was the building offered to us by Fotopub. Rather than using clean white-cube spaces, Fotopub offers a wide variety of vacant buildings currently available in the old town center of Novo Mesto. These buildings that have a long history show many signs of the manifested situations and lives that have occupied these spaces. For ‘Lost in Depiction / part one and two’ I was particularly interested in the tangible presence of history that is embodied in the space. Additionally, I also wanted to offer a space open to new possible narratives or futures.
Curating one of the exhibitions for this year’s edition of Fotopub, an art festival departing from the medium of photography, I felt excited and challenged at the same time. With my work primarily revolving around spatial concepts, my relation to this platform seemed a little oblique at first. Nonetheless, an interesting dialogue arose, creating the groundwork for a refreshing exhibition within this specific context. Firstly, in selecting the artists I was intrigued by the connection they had to depicted space and the way these links derive from different fields of interest and methodology. While their works are all closely aligned with sculpture and installation art, I also see manifold connections to capturing, reproducing, depicting and remembering. In addition to the selection of artists I added a work that functions as an environment for the other works to exist in. By painting the entire space blue, I tried to both accentuate and abandon the history of this particular site. Like a green screen or a white canvas that creates the opportunity for new perspectives or stories, this layer of paint also highlights the physical history of the space. A fictive character has also been introduced into the space — by collecting short sentences from randomly chosen novels I created multiple characters, drawing the visitor into plural scenarios of the past and possible futures that cohabit with the artists’ work.