Carey Young - artist talk
25 April, 2018, 18:00
Toni-Areal, Mehrspur Club, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zürich
Moderation: Claudia Kübler
Free admission, in English
Carey Young's artistic work uses a variety of media, including photography, video, installation and performance, and often explores themes such
as portraiture, landscape and the sublime by using found tools, gestures and language from the worlds of the multinational corporation or global law firm. The talk will centre on a screening of her video artwork Palais de Justice (2017), recently exhibited in major solo exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York and Dallas Museum of Art. The piece was shot at the Palais de Justice in Brussels, the main courthouse of Belgium. Contradicting the familiar patriarchal culture of law, Young's camera depicts female judges and lawyers sitting at trial, directing proceedings and delivering judgments. The film subtly builds a counter-narrative: a legal system seemingly centred on, and perhaps controlled by women, as if male presence may be optional or unnecessary in this particular future. Young filmed through a series of circular windows in courtroom doors, always shooting without the knowledge or permission of her subjects or the court. The windows and the camera's lens are portrayed as an interwoven series of oculi, in which we watch justice as performance, and are ourselves implicated as witnesses and voyeurs.
Carey Young's solo exhibitions include Dallas Museum of Art (2017), Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2017), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2013); Eastside Projects, Birmingham and tour (2010-2011); the Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, and The Power Plant, Toronto (both 2009), Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2004) and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2002). Young has recently participated in group exhibitions at Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2017), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017), Aspen Art Museum (2016), Centre Pompidou (2015), Tate Liverpool (2014), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012), the New Museum, New York (2011), MoMA/PS1, New York (2010) and Tate Britain (2010). She lives and works in London and is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
The next morning, on Thursday April 26th, Carey Young will spend three hours with the MA Fine Arts students for an intense session of open critics, reflecting and discussing their art practices. In the aftenoon she will participate to the international Conference "Über Leben - How do artists live/survive? Positions, experiences, strategies".
image: Carey Young, still from Palais de Justice, 2017, single-channel HD video (from 4K); 16:9, color, quadrophonic sound; 17 mins 58 secs. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.