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13/10/2022 - 17/12/2022

Contemporary - Photography & Film


Emmanuel Van der Auwera - Fire and Forget

Tue-Sat: 11-6pm

Edel Assanti is pleased to present Emmanuel Van der Auwera: Fire and Forget, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and in the UK. Immediately following the artist’s solo exhibition at House of Electronic Arts (HEK), Basel, the show brings together a selection of recent works: light-responsive photographic plates, an immersive video installation and a film.

Fire and Forget explores the dehumanisation of the human gaze through a series of recent works that hijack the technologies of media. Van der Auwera’s work explores what it means to be an autonomous citizen in a digital era defined by internet conspiracy, surveillance technology and AI identity-altering algorithms. His practice is fuelled by a stream of found material salvaged from the everyday news cycle, the rampant image production of a global screen culture and dark recesses of the internet and social media.

The exhibition’s point of departure is two new works from the ongoing Memento series. Each work strips an aluminium printing plate directly from a newspaper’s production line, isolating a singular, charged image in a method combining photographic, printing and painting techniques. The resulting image appears as a “negative” until it is exposed to raking light, at which point it is seen as a more legible “positive”, requiring the viewer to move around the work to discover its content. Beginning as a luminous blue monochrome as a result of the chemical process of production, the image is thinly veiled by red paint applied via mechanical rollers.


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