Iris Touliatou

21 Apr - 24 Jun 2012

Aus dem Buch The Future of Architecture, Horizon Press 1953, S.17, Fotograf P.E Guerrero
alpha 2000 – Art Prize “Future of Europe”:
IRIS TOULIATOU – Winner 2012
Matter Enclosed in Heavy Brackets
Curated by Ilina Koralova in collaboration with Katalin Erdödi

Employing references from a wide range of historical sources such as cinema, modernist architecture, and theater, Iris Touliatou’s artistic practice takes the form of the visual essay. Built from a mysterious yet symbolic vocabulary, these essays evoke allusive or ambiguous narratives, adding layers of interpretation to the complex and contradictory set of practices that we refer to as Modernism.

Iris Touliatou, recipient of the ‘Future Of Europe’ art prize, has been invited to unfold a new series of narratives for her solo exhibition at the GFZK. The project, entitled Matter enclosed in heavy brackets, utilizes the performative architecture of the museum itself, drawing upon techniques of stage direction to blur boundaries between onstage and offstage, audience and actors, fiction and reality.

Echoing back to specific moments in the history of political theater, the exhibition draws parallels between today’s political climate and that of the Great Depression era. Touliatou effectively breaks the fourth wall to create a “theater of operations” that resides not in one particular time but in a moment of suspension between past, present, and future. The title of the show itself implies a suspension in space, an appended footnote or grammatical demarcation – denoting that which has vanished, or perhaps, that which has never occurred. This minimal yet precise interplay between presence and absence (site and non-site), which can be found throughout the exhibition and in Touliatou’s work as a whole, creates complex allegories that hold particular resonance for today.

The Art Prize “Future of Europe”, donated by the enterprise alpha 2000, has been awarded annually since 2003, in close collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig.

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