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I Can't Tell You Because I Can't Tell You at 601 Art Space


I Can't Tell You Because I Can't Tell You is a group show curated by Gabriela Vainsencher with works by: Tacita Dean, Constance DeJong, Thomas Demand, Christian Marclay, Roee Rosen, Roman Signer and Kerry Tribe

"I Can't Tell You Because I Can't Tell You deals with the inherent problematics of shaping human experience into a linear story. Reality, as it is happening, is an overwhelming nonlinear smear: past, present, and future interlace, events mix with emotions, and focus shifts from one thing to another. Maybe this is why people have invented stories in which effects have causes, things happen for a reason, and narrators can be trusted to tell a story straight, with a beginning, middle and end– and in that order. 

The artists in this exhibition, however, work in photography, video, film, sculpture and performance to explore the limitations, flaws, and impossibilities of the narrative structure. They crack open the conventions of their fields to engage the questions: What happens if we agree that every story is an artificial construct that by definition distorts and lies? What if we acknowledge that no narrator is reliable? In lieu of solid narrative ground this exhibition presents us with works that expose the machinery of story-making, and then throw a wrench in the works".

Text excerpt: Gabriela Vainsencher / Image: Critical Mass, 2012, Performance at Tate Modern. Featuring Emelie O' Hara and Nick Huff. Photo © Tate
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Earlier Event: September 16
Peter Doig at Michael Werner