Public Lecture: Gerard Byrne

Torstai, maaliskuu 8, 2018 - 18:00 - 20:00
Exhibition Laboratory
Yleisöluento

Public Lecture: Gerard Byrne

In his public talk, artist Gerard Byrne will discuss his practice working with video and photography. Using reference to specific projects, he will discuss central concerns in his work related to Media, Art, Temporalities, and Audiences. Byrne's visit to Helsinki is part of the teaching program of the Time and Space department at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.

Visually rich and intellectually complex, the work of Gerard Byrne in photography, film, theatre and multi-screen installation examines the slippage between time and the act of image creation. Characterised by a laconic humour, Byrne's projects examine the ambiguities of language and of what is gained or lost in the translation from text to image. By reconstructing historically charged conversations, interviews and performances, from sources as diverse as La Revolution Surréaliste, Playboy and National Geographic, Byrne tests our perception of the past and the present, and the inherent challenges of the visual record. Ongoing photographic series, such as In the News and Loch Ness, demonstrate that while images are fixed in time they are also interpreted in flux - a situation that both creates and distorts our knowledge of what came before. Byrne is precise in his research and analysis of the relationship between time, documentation and an identifiable visual language, and while each of his distinct bodies of work is conceived independently, they resonate together as being made in relation to a specific, but malleable historical referent.

Gerard Byrne has exhibited at Skulptur Projekte Muenster (2017), Documenta 13, 54th Venice Biennale, and biennials in Sydney, Gwangju, Lyon, and Istanbul amongst others. Recent solo exhibitions include the ACCA, Melbourne (2016), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2015), FRAC Pays de la Loire (2014), Whitechapel Gallery (2013), Renaissance Society, Chicago (2011). In 2007 he represented Ireland at the 52nd Venice Biennale. In 2006 he received the Paul Hamlyn award. He is represented by Lisson Gallery in London, Kerlin Gallery in Dublin, and Nordenhake Gallery, Stockholm. He was Professor of Timebased Media at the Royal Danish Academy for Fine Art from 2007- 2016.