Dublin | Irland
Damals vor zwei Stunden
Malerei und Zeichnungen
Ausstellung vom 3. Oktober bis 25 Oktober 2008
Back before digital, taking a photo was a conscious action, reserved for special occasions (apparently there all special moments now). As a result we took photos because we were so, happy or because this is a moment to remember ! What Iam interested in, are these moments to remember. The example that always comes to my mind is “that’s me” on Santa’s knee ( but no it’s not, it’s some poor child blissfully unaware that he’s sitting on the knee of an alcoholic disguised as Father Xmas).
I asked my friends for such old photos. Why has the past of my friends suddendly become important ? Simply we have come to know one another of the past few years and it is with them that I would build the possibilities that are our futures. The question is how can we conceive of going anywhere together, when we have come from cultures ( languages, climates, lifestyles and histories) that are so different ? We don’t have a common past, thanks be to God, but there needs to be some kind of understandings with regards to these disparate positions in order to produce possibilities of the future and that can only be found through dialogue.
For the exhibition in the -able Gallery, the idea is to construct a network of images (thus inspiring a narrative reading), that because of the absence of signification shall encourage the spectators to project themselves by questioning their subjective memories. Rather than highlight either similarity or difference between subjective souvenirs and their collective cultural identities, the work aims to deterritorialise these souvenirs (objects of identity creation) by giving the possibility of agencement to the spactator, leaving them with the ultimate power to reterritorialise. Simply put you’ve decide how to understand this. Is it like you or different ? How does it give you meaning ?”
Chad Keveny was born 1981 in Dublin, Irland
lives and works since 2007 in Warsaw, Poland