Kihlberg and Henry’s practice aims to capture uncertainties of the present and generate an unstable perception of time. They explore subjective understandings and non-linear narrative as a method to see an event from alternative angles and perspectives. Kihlberg and Henry’s practice is not bound to any particular medium, but they are drawn instead to finding ways in which documentation can operate beyond representing the past.
Three artworks will be exhibited at Gallery Box. The video Inbindable Volume (2010), set in Birmingham’s iconic Central Library, the city’s most infamous example of Brutalist architecture, planned for demolition in 2013.Through a linguistic and visual grammar, Inbindable Volume explores the nature of architecture and books not as fixed or concrete but as unstable and ever changing.
This Story Is About A Little Boy (2009) is a visual reconstruction of a film as a memory. A friend of the artists’ narrates a film that has made a strong impression on his life. His recollection of The Fallen Idol by Carol Reed was recorded and used by the artists to re-construct the original film into a new movie where the story has changed through the recollection of subjective memory.
Frames (2011) is a newly produced series of photographs of twentieth century cinemas in Portsmouth, England, which have either changed their use or been demolished in order to use the land for other purposes. The photographs are in a search for the silver screen on which movies and image were once projected for the audience, which now is replaced with other pictures and features.
Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry have been collaborating since 2004. They are currently based in London and for the past two years have been researchers in the fine art department at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. They also work together on Springhill Institute, a mobile production project which previously hosted a seasonal programme of international artists production residencies. Kihlberg and Henry are represented by Danielle Arnaud, London
Galleri Box is a member in Konstfrämjandet, supported by Göteborgs Stads Kultur, Statens Kulturråd and Västra Götalandsregionens Konstkonsulent and the exhibition is presented in collaboration with Vivid, ArtsSway och Danielle Arnaud. The Project is supported by Birmingham Cultural Partnership
Opening Reception: Friday 25 February 6-9pm
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