LMAKprojects is pleased to present Liselot van der Heijden’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, titled Les Uns et Les Autres (The Ones and The Others.) The exhibit will feature the artist’s latest multiple channel video-installation and explores disparities between the observer and the observed, and of those on the sidelines and those who are fully engaged in political protest.
The audience’s initial view of the installation is the back of the protagonists head. When walking around the screen the viewer is placed in the middle of two opposing videos showing the same protagonist in different environments. The videos show the protagonist’s two observing perspectives: one from inside the gallery space, the other from the sidelines of Occupy Wall Street. The videos function as mirror images of one another. In them, the protagonist looks at the audience, at herself looking at protestors, and at herself in the white space.
These simultaneous viewpoints challenge preconceived ways of viewing time-based images by placing the audience in a fragmented space, one that implies an exchange between the various perspectives while subverting the idea of sequential images as cohesive, linear narratives. The protagonist’s direct observation of the audience dramatizes the experience of being inside the work and positions the viewer in a self-conscious, participatory role.
This is the first video installation where van der Heijden works with an actor (Sarah Stryker) and juxtaposes staged positions with real world current events. Les Uns et Les Autres continues Van der Heijden’s ongoing investigation into the power of the gaze and the tendency to objectify “the other”. As well as creating installations that set up situations where viewers confront their own position in relation to the artwork and, by implication, to social relations in the outside world.
Liselot van der Heijden has shown at various institutions in the US and Europe, including the New Museum, the Queens Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center, the Cooper Union, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg and Centre Contemporain d’Istres, France, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain, ZKM Zentrum fur Medien Technologie, Karlsruhe, Germany, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, CA, the Bates Museum of Art, Maine, Quotidian Gallery, CA and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, and gallery exhibits at Luxe Gallery, Schroeder Romero, Exit Art, Artist Space, White Box, Momenta Art and the Dumbo Arts Festival. Her recent hardcover monograph Liselot van der Heijden: False Metaphors with essays by Martha Buskirk and Sara Reisman is available in the gallery and through the website.