Republic Gallery

"The videos Leona Alone and Purfled Promises were both produced in June 2009 and are companion pieces, but were never shown together. Although formally very different, one being a documentary, and the other a puppet play, both examine the politics of spectatorship. A new installation in the gallery will stage the overdue meeting of these two twisted siblings, a debate between two opposing voices. Imagine a spill out from the films into the space, as if the screens were two windows that you forgot to close and now you have to deal with the mess." - Oliver Husain


Based in Frankfurt and Toronto, artist/filmmaker Oliver Husain binds fractured narrative with theatrical materiality in his playful investigation of identity politics. His body of work combines film, sculpture, and installation, tending to construct what he calls “attractive traps” for his audience, in which perception and assumption threaten a fragile sense of wholeness. His work was recently shown at MOCA Cleveland and Nuit Blanche, Toronto. In 2011, a retrospective of his films and videos was screened at Experimenta Festival, Bangalore, and his work was included in shows at Portikus Frankfurt, ICA Philadelphia and the National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta. In April 2013, Oliver Husain will also be featured in the group exhibition Spectacular Sangeet at the Surrey Art Gallery.


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