The Covered, Erased or Destroyed Films

Through photographic prints and video projections, the Portuguese artist Daniel Barocca thematizes the dead end of memory. His subject matter consists of anonymous photographic material unearthed in random flea markets and old antiquarian book-stalls.
Udstillingsperiode:
19-03-2010 - 18-04-2010
Medie:
Photography, video
Titel:
The Covered, Erased or Destroyed Films
Kunstner:
Daniel Barroca
In this new exhibition consisting of photographic prints and video projections, the Portuguese artist Daniel Barocca thematizes the dead end of memory. His subject matter consists of anonymous photographic material unearthed in random flea markets and old antiquarian book-stalls - abandoned traces of unknown people, who re-appear now as discarded and forgotten imprints in a space in which they don't rightly belong. By dragging such images out of their original contexts, Barocca deliberately detaches them from any social, hierarchical, or political context, translating them into a condition of 'openness'. The dislocation of the images removes the originals to a new and unfamiliar world - an imaginary world that is solely theirs, and in which the viewer has to fill out the many narrative fractures and holes in order to create a coherent, integrated and contemporary story. With "The Covered, Erased or Destroyed Films" Barroca presents an artistic treatment of his extensive photographic archive, collected over several years. By transforming found amateur camera footage and undated family photos into digital video works and slides, and by applying dashes of ink to the images, Barroca creates a new and experimental figurative language. Furthermore he is subjoining a sound of rushing wind in place of the original silence of the images. Behind these veiled figures mysterious meanings seem to emerge from the image gallery of memory. With this exhibition, Daniel Barroca creates a series of fragmentary narratives from the surviving memory bank, which are given new life and character by being transformed, visually and experimentally, into novel works.The exhibition proposes, by such means, a 'documentation' of the current status of photography. Light is shed on the widespread distribution and circulation of pictorial material that has occurred in the wake of the democratisation of the photographic medium. Daniel Barroca was born in 1976 in Lisbon, Portugal. He completed his art studies in 2001 at the School of Art and Design in Caldas da Rainha. Since then, he has taken part in a series of solo and group exhibitions around the world. The current exhibition - an installation made specifically for Galleri Image - is his first in Denmark. Barroca is at present the recipient of a residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.

Opening: Friday March 19, 2010, from 4 - 6 pm. His Excellency Ambassador of Portugal, João Pedro da Silveira Carvalho, and the artist will be present at the opening.
Seminar: Saturday March 20, 2 pm. Daniel Barroca and curator and Ph.d. Louise Wolthers in dialougue about "Collections".
 
In the past few years there has been much discussion about an 'archivic turn' in art. At this Saturday afternoons event, curator and scientist Louise Wolthers will discuss with the artist some of the strategies used by contemporary art for the construction of alternative tales. Her talk will draw on Daniel Barroca's artistic treatment of film fragments and image archives.The exhibition is supported by the Portuguese Embassy in Denmark and Instituto Camões.