• David Claerbout, The Algiers Sections of A Happy Moment, video 2008
9 October 2015–14 February 2016

David Claerbout

This fall Marabouparken art centre will be presenting two solo shows with artists Anna Nordquist Andersson and David Claerbout, who in different ways use images as tools for seeing. Through their images we can revisit history, memory and even stay lingering in a fleeting moment. Both artists manipulate their material and create complex images that give the spectators a chance to contemplate a piece of time from new perspectives.

The Belgian artist David Claerbout’s work sits at the crossroads between photography and film, encouraging crosspollination where photographs are given movement and film is brought almost to a halt. Close-ups of faces and architectural details to the seaside vista echo the panoramic sense of time that he seeks to articulate. His works mainly deals with a single situation, a single image, sometime presented from a myriad of positions. As in The Algiers’ Sections of a Happy Moment, set in a small soccer field on a roof of the Kasbah of Algiers where young Maghrebians pause their soccer game as one of the players feeds a group of seagulls. To get a sense of the multiplicity of this single moment and the varied ways that it might be committed to memory, more than 50 000 photographs were captured and finally 600 projected photos were carefully composed to create this continuous moment in time. The succession of images of this “happy” moment reflects an aim to open up what the artist terms as “the suspicious gaze” turned against a particular group of people. The exhibition is the first major presentation of David Claerbout’s work in Sweden.

David Claerbout har ställt ut internationellt och haft separatutställningar på bland andra Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2014), Kunsthalle Mainz (2013); Secession, Wien (2012); Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (2012); Parasol Unit, London (2012); Wiels, Bryssel (2011); SFMoMA, San Francisco (2011); Pinakothek der Moderne, München (2010); DE PONT, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (2009), och Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007). Hans arbeten har också visats i internationella grupputställningar som Sydneybiennalen (2013); Sharjahbiennalen (2013); Moskvabiennalen för samtidskonst (2013), och São Paulo-biennalen (2010).

David Claerbout, The Algiers Sections of A Happy Moment, video 2008

David Claerbout, The Quiet Shore, video 2011