Exhibition Opening SEEKING THE UNCANNY 

Wednesday, May 14th at Espacio Oculto Madrid
Calle Nicolás Usera 27. 28026 MADRID
Metro Usera
info@arteocultomadrid.com
Tlf: 91 017 38 63 / 652 96 96 79

Patrick Alan Banfield, Paula Currás, Max Huckle. Curator: Elena Frickmann

(versión en español)

Max Huckle, Dérive, 2012

Max Huckle, Dérive, 2012

Why do we feel the same in the same situations? Where does fear and discomfort come from, when there is nothing obviously dangerous?

The exhibition SEEKING THE UNCANNY, consisting of photographs and video art of different architectures and landscapes is a sort of “topography” of places that, for unknown reasons, provoke an uncanny feeling within the viewer.

This feeling of discomfort has been characterized by the modern fears, neuroses, phobias and alienation induced by extreme changes in society and technology. Architecture and Landscape can be a manifestation of these changes: its style and form is shaped by the influences of its time. And last but not least photography has been an important change, which Roland Barthes describes in his book Camera Lucida as somehow “uncanny”.

SEEKING THE UNCANNY searches for this described feeling in a spatial dimension. These photographic and cinematic works attempt to reveal the essence of those situations and places, evoking the feeling of uncanny within each of us.

Paula Currás, Untitled (LA), 2011, Photography, 43 x 27 cm

Paula Currás, Untitled (LA), 2011, Photography, 43 x 27 cm

Patrick Alan Banfield [*1984] lives and works in Frankfurt am Main and Karlsruhe. He is student of Willem de Rooii at the Städelschule State Academy of Fine Arts since 2010 and guest-student in Isaac Julien’s media art class. His work focuses on time-based media, installations and experimental films.

Paula Currás [*1989] lives and works in Madrid. She is graduating in Architecture and Fine Arts at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. Her artistic work deals with modes of representation of the real and the fictional, the contextualization of narratives through audiovisual and photographic media.

 Max Huckle [*1987] lives and works in Karlsruhe. He studied Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and at the Folkwang Essen. Since 2013 he is student of Silvia Bächli at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe. His work focuses on architecture and landscape photography.

Elena Frickmann (*1989) lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. She studied Art History in Trier (Germany) and Florence (Italy) and is graduating in Curatorial Studies at the Städelschule State Academy of Fine Arts and the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Her curatorial work focuses on different themes and mediums in contemporary art.

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