by Elisabeth Kley
A riveting sequence in Simon Leung’s new video, War after War
, features a tall man in black lying on some colorful Central Asian textiles, like the corpse of an elder waiting for burial. He’s far from dead, however -- when he gets up he’s instantly recognizable as Warren Niesluchowski, an art world personality frequently seen at gallery openings and parties. Sometimes described as a professional guest, Niesluchowski is a curator, editor, writer and translator of German, French and Polish. He’s also the star of this 90-minute-long staged documentary by West Coast artist Leung, on view in a show curated by Rikrit Tiravanija at CUE Foundation.