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Joachim Koester: In the Face of Overwhelming Forces

Joachim Koester: In the Face of Overwhelming Forces
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG
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Joachim Koester, Maybe this act, this work, this thing, 2016, Courtesy the artist, Greene Naftali Gallery and Jan Mot

To begin Camden Arts Centre’s 2017 programme, Danish artist Joachim Koester will present an immersive installation comprising 16mm film projection, digital video, photography and audio works. Collectively, they span the last 12 years of his practice, revealing wide-ranging fascinations held together by a persistent enquiry into the boundaries of what makes life.
Following his exhibition at Turner Contemporary in early 2016, In the Face of Overwhelming Forces highlights Koester’s fascination with gesture and the body. The exhibition charts a physical journey between individual works and their distinctive narratives. Each one is a gateway into strange and unfamiliar territories.
The exhibition will also include a new co-commissioned film presented for the first time. Maybe this act, this work, this thing (2016) conveys the advent of cinema through the bodies of vaudeville performers. Mimicking the apparatus of a new world that threatens their livelihood as stage actors, they simulate shutters of cameras and projectors, quivering electricity and the whirring celluloid.

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