Ghosts Revisited: Sebald and the Idea of RemembranceGoethe-Institut Los Angeles (5750 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036) Map it Free
Please join us Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 7:30 pm for a lecture by curator Michael EB Detto about the project, Sebald and the Image of Destruction, artists’ talk, and opening reception.
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The exhibit “Ghosts Revisited” is on view during the Goethe-Institut’s business hours and events. For more information please visit:
Cultural memory is collective memory, and the artist plays a part in it. Today’s notions of history and memory may be flawed and disputed, but they are especially problematic for the individual that has experienced tragedy.
The notion of “victims’ silence” following tragic events has often been the subject of discussion, and is frequently linked to suffering. Should victims decide to speak about their experiences, they are likely to relive past suffering, often making it unbearable.
German writer W. G. Sebald, whose books became landmark works in the realm of esthetics and its link to memory, served as an inspiration for the exhibition entitled “Ghosts.”
The exhibition includes works by Aragna Ker, Denise A. Scott., Ken Gonzales-Day, Prumsodun Ok and Michael Detto.
Curated by artists Michael EB Detto and Sayon Syprasoeuth, the exhibition focuses on the topic of memory as a central theme in exploring the roles of artists as storytellers, researchers, and/or social advocates.
As part of the exhibition, Several artists were invited to present and talk their work in Santa Monica last winter.
At the Goethe-Institut, “Ghosts Revisited” offers the chance to “revisit” these works with a lecture by curator Michael EB Detto on his project “Sebald and the Image of Destruction,” as well as the opportunity to discuss the works with the artists themselves.
About the curators:
Michael EB Detto, and Sayon Syprasoeuth are artists living in Los Angeles and Irvine, California respectively. This is their first curatorial exhibition together.
Michael EB Detto was born in West Berlin and grew up in
Berlin, northern Germany and in the Black Forest.
As a child, his passion for reading introduced him to illustrated books of fairy tales and comics that initiated a passion for books, images and how they interact. Later, he had two encounters with pictures that will haunt him forever: a magazine full of color reproductions of paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, and black-and-white photographs of the Holocaust.
The main themes of his work are disaster and memory, aging and death. He views photography as a fundamentally romantic art form. In 1984, Michael Detto began studying Humanities at the University of Hamburg for five years.
His area of study included the Romantic Period, Philology, and Art History with an emphasis on the Italian Renaissance (Giorgione, Bellini and Raphael).
The focus of Detto’s research was devoted to the way Dante’s work was reflected in Italian art (and conversely how Dante’s imagery anticipated time management in moving pictures); or how banderoles act in illuminated manuscripts and altar pieces.
Various travels to museums in Italy, Spain, France, Scandinavia, the United States, Poland, Hungary, and Russia were an integral part of Detto’s studies in Art History.
He recently had a solo show of his work at Meta-House Cambodian-German Cultural Art Center, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Sayon Syprasoeuth is an interdisciplinary artist, focusing on his personal experience as a refugee from Cambodia.
He grew up in Thai refugee camps, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 10.
His work addresses issues of the past and present- triggered by memories of war and trauma, beliefs, spiritual dimensions, and life in the contemporary United States.
His work has been shown in Cambodia, China, Berlin, and throughout the United States. He received his BFA from CSULB in 2003 and MFA from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) in 2007. Since 2008, he has been a Coordinator for Global Hybrid; an arts exchange between artists in Cambodia, Korea, and the United States.
He is currently an arts advisor for Applied Social Research Institute of Cambodia (ASRIC) a not-for-profit organization devoted to restoring, distributing, and implementing procedural justice for Cambodian-American victims and survivors of the Khmer Rouge.
Vernissage: Tuesday April 1st, 2014 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm
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