until 01.04. | #1059ARTatBerlin | Galerie Thomas Fischer shows from 11th February 2017 the exhibition “This is not Versailles” by the artist Laetitia Gendre.
“Back in 1977, a New Mexico judge named Jack Love was reading the funny pages when he came across a Spider-Man comic strip, in which the nefarious Kingpin used a bracelet to track the wall crawler’s whereabouts. The comic struck a chord with Love, who saw a potential solution to overcrowded prisons, hoping that electronic monitoring technology could ease the burden on what he called ‘practically intolerable’ jails.”
(The Esquire, 2007)
Since then thousands of people have been subject to electronic surveillance. Though historically of little importance, this anecdote illustrates the inextricable link between reality and fiction: a perfect point of departure for Laetitia Gendre, as the main focus of her work is to be found in the friction between the space of the image and the space of the real.
The artist has examined the phenomenon of electronic surveillance in order to grasp what effects it has had. She met with researchers who study the subject, as well as individuals both responsible for conducting and subject to electronic monitoring. These new works have come together in the framework of this project, as Gendre proposes a fictional extension of the space perceived, conceived and inhabited by people under surveillance.
Vernissage: Friday, 10th February 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 11th February to Saturday, first April 2017Zur Galerie Thomas Fischer
Image caption: via Galerie Thomas Fischer, Laetitia Gendre
Exhibition Laetitia Gendre – Galerie Thomas Fischer – Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin