may, 2018

12mayallday02sepMonika GraBuschnigg | |What Satisfaction Could You Possibly HaveCarbon 12


Event Details

Combining large-scale clay reliefs & drawings Monika Grabuschnigg’s first solo exhibition, “What satisfaction could you possibly have”, explores the dislocated intimacies & disembodied desires of humans living in highly digitized societies.How we search for & connect with others, how we long for, flirt & fantasize together is changing dramatically. The apps & websites we turn to seem to offer direct portals to other lives – immediate & intimate interactions that can lead to in-the-flesh satisfactions. But there is no unmediated exchange: we are subject to, and encouraged to enact, self-censorship, self-exploitation. Our loves and loneliness mined for profit. Each of us put to work as blister-thumbed miner.

Both the reliefs & drawings in the show reference the ever-present screens through which this happens. We see fractured & repaired bodies morphing into one another; cropped & cracked identities exaggerated & engorged by algorithmic bias; character-limited emotions congealing into searching limbs, messy embraces, visceral gazes.Materially vulnerable, tonally fleshy, the inch-thick, flat-to-the-wall reliefs feel like substantial moments captured through a haze of distortion: the analog & digital worlds clashing head-on. The forms in the drawings are more of-this-worldly, but more deeply mired in dream-states. Created after (rather than as sketches for) the reliefs they feel like moments of surveillance: evidence gathered from tapping the data flows between the babbling ceramic.


May 12 (Saturday) - September 2 (Sunday)


Carbon 12

Unit 37, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1


Carbon 12 Unit 37, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1

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