Solo Exhibition at Lambert Gallery, Brussels, October 25th – November 17th 2012 .
Lambert Gallery is proud to announce a new solo exhibition by Per Hüttner – the second at the gallery. For the exhibition Hüttner has moved the storage room into the gallery and the gallery into the storage room. Through this gesture, he evokes the curiosity of the audience and invites them to rediscover the world that surrounds us by reflecting on how our gaze is directed and moves according to externally induced patterns.
The storage room of the gallery has been turned into a single person screening room where the visitor can watch a short 16mm film. It shows images that the artist has taken on beaches in Greece, Italy, Brazil, China and France that depict faceless bodies in unexpected situations that reveal another form of corporeal beauty than the one we usually meet in the media and private photo albums. The solitude of the viewer underline both the voyeuristic quality of the images and make allusions to a wide variety of enjoyable and unmentionable situations that a sole human being can behold a fellow human’s body.
The gallery owner will perform a mini-performance for individual visitors who want to see the film. She will climb two stepladders to start the projector before she closes the door and leaves the room.
The contents of the Gallery’s storage room, is displayed on a copy of the staircase that inhabits the storage room. It will be displayed in the space as a pristine minimal sculpture. The actual print of the 16mm film will also displayed so that the visitor can scrutinize the object to make out individual images of human flesh.
The exhibition builds on similar contextual swaps by the artist, like the critically acclaimed Curatorial Market at Cuchifritos and Essex St. Market, New York in 2002 where he moved the market into the gallery and the gallery into the market; (In)Visible Dialogues in Stockholm in 2011 that deliberately blurred the lines between academic lecture and artistic performance. But also his ongoing investigation of temporality and the human body in projects like La Durée (at Rockbund museum in Shanghai, Miramar in Porto, the Observatory in Besançon, Tate Modern in London and Tesla Museum in Belgrade) and the video project Imminent that has been shown public institutions in China, Sweden and the US.
Below is the digital version of the 16mm film.