'in the coulisse'
Night Café is delighted to announce ‘in the coulisse,’ a duo exhibition with Ilê Sartuzi and Lucy Neish. In this exhibition, the artists play with notions of representations: the erosion of the distinction between reality, simulation, and authenticity.
Ever since the second half of the twentieth century, art history has undergone an undeniable and substantial shift in the realm of perception and representation. The postmodern way of thinking, asserting that reality is subjective and constructed, has deeply influenced artistic approaches of reality, leading to a questioning of grand narratives and universal truths and fostering skepticism toward traditional notions of authenticity.
Often, when viewing art, we are exposed to simulated representations of reality. Through the push and pull from registers of apparently genuine, the works transport the viewers between what is present and mediated, between memory and the actual, and between the theatrical and the mundane. In the upcoming exhibition at Night Café, artists Ilê Sartuzi and Lucy Neish play in different ways with these notions of representations. By doing so, ‘in the coulise’ explores not only what images can show but also what is beyond the limits of the pictorial representations, playing with illusions, what is out-of-frame, behind the curtains, and in the wings of the theatre.
The exhibition will open on January 26 and run until February 22 at Night Café, 162 New Cavendish Street in Fitzrovia, London.