Pilar Corrias Gallery is delighted to present Mirrorsong: an exhibition of new works by
critically acclaimed artist Ulla von Brandenburg.
Von Brandenburg draws from a wide variety of historical and cultural references, such
as literature, psychoanalysis, theatre, photography, games and magic, as well as older
conventions of representation to create complex, multi-layered narratives that investigate
the thresholds that exist between reality and fiction. Working with film, drawing, textiles,
installation and performance, von Brandenburg engages with popular cultural forms from
different eras as a way to explore contemporary collective experience.
For her second exhibition at Pilar Corrias Gallery, Ulla von Brandenburg explores the visual
artifice of image duplication, the meeting and confrontation of the real and its projection.
Screened in the main space of the gallery SPIEGELLIED (Mirrorsong), 2012 is made up of
two projections; seemingly identical both films were shot separately. Each element that
appears in one projection finds itself mirrored in the other and vice versa.
The films commence with two male characters looking at themselves in the mirror while
applying make-up. The film captures the interaction between the characters through the
mirror. Their duplicated actions reference the duplicated copies of the film itself and the
deception of the image.
SPIEGELLIED (Mirrorsong) explores aspects of theatre and constructed behavior through
performance. As the male characters participate in a game of cards, their dialogue refers
to them playing within a play and the duality of the nature of acting. Rather than speaking,
the characters mime to the singing of the soundtrack. It references “singspiel”, a form of
popular musical drama where spoken dialogue alternates with song, which was widespread
in German-speaking countries in the 18th and 19th centuries. Within von Brandenburg's
soundtracks the voice (whether that of the artist herself or someone else) is often identical
even when different characters are singing.
As with many of von Brandenburg’s works, the black and white film is suggestive of certain
nostalgia for its mode of production, underlined by the anachronistic diction of the song
and the ritualistic action of the characters. The artist explains this choice as a desire to give
her images a timeless quality, not easily located in any particular period.
The mobile fabric panel is perhaps the most emblematic and well-known feature of
Ulla von Brandenburg’s practice. For Mirrorsong at Pilar Corrias Gallery, the artist has
created a new large-scale fabric work entitled Sail, 2012. It floats across the ceiling in the
main gallery space. Created in response to traditional landscape murals, the colours of
the ceiling spans from land-to-sky. The interior space has been expanded to bring the
outside in; yet as with the film the landscape has been flipped.
The exhibition continues downstairs with an installation of the artist’s cutouts and
Ulla von Brandenburg was born in 1974 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions
of the artist’s work include: Rosascape, Paris (2012); The Common Guild, Glasgow (2011);
Chisenhale Gallery, London (2009); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2008); Stedilijk
Museum, Amsterdam (2008); Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco
(2008); Kunstverein, Düsseldorf (2007); Art:Concept, Paris (2007); Produzentengalerie
Hamburg (2007); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006). Recent group exhibitions include Secret
Societies. To Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep Silence, CAPC Bordeaux (2011); Un Espressione
Geografica, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2011); Biennale de Lyon, Lyon
(2011); TABLEAUX Principe d’Incertitude, Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain
de Grenoble (2011);Yokohama Triennale (2008); Biennale Jerusalem 2008; Performa
07, Performa, New York (2007); The World as a Stage, Tate Modern, London (2007),
and Against Time, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2007).
Ulla von Brandenburg lives and works in Paris.
For further information and images please contact Lara Asole:
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