JOSEF DABERNIG AT LULU, MEXICO CITY
Lulu, Mexico City is hosting until September 18 River Plate, a solo exhibition by the Austrian, Vienna-based artist Josef Dabernig. Known for his exploration of social systems, post-wall Eastern European, brutalist architecture, conceptual austerity and dry humor, Dabernig’s practice comprises film, photography, texts, objects and space-related concepts. At Lulu he presents the film River Plate (2013) as well as a selection of black-and-white photographs of location shots taken for the film. Shot in black-and-white Super-16, blown up to 35mm and transferred onto HD video, the short, 16 minute work depicts a group of seemingly unrelated people gathering and sun bathing in a river which bears the damaged traces of industrial construction under an underpass in a seemingly alpine, undisclosed European location. According to the artist: “River Plate displays a micro society in a fragmented body-narration. Knees, shoulders, feet and bellies are signifiers of articulated human presence, revealing nothing else against a claustrophobic background of cement, stone and water”.
River Plate by Josef Dabernig
Lulu, Mexico City
Through September 18