Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Kunstmuseum Bern

Autobiography in all its forms is a medium for depicting one's ideas about oneself but also for reflecting on contemporary issues. If, until now, an artistic self-portrait condensed the self-perception and self-representation momentarily into a single image, this exhibition focuses on whole processes of finding and documenting identity. Thus, a deliberate approach to time, memory and the question of what will one day remain of life conjoins with self-investigation and the depiction of a subjective world of experiencing. Ego Documents examines the autobiographical act in contemporary art as a strategy in life-narration, a self-documentation, an imprinting into cultural memory, a transformation of a lived into an aesthetic experience, as well as a meditation on one's own transience.

List of artists:
Darren Almond, Sadie Benning, Louise Bourgeois, Annatina Graf, Mona Hatoum, Xiaoyuan Hu, On Kawara, Martin Kippenberger, Isabelle Krieg, Elke Krystufek, Laura Lancaster, Nicolas Nixon, Jan Peters, Jack Pierson, Anri Sala, Vittorio Santoro, Carolee Schneemann, Annelies Strba, Ana Strika, Pascale Wiedemann/Daniel Mettler.

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