Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art opens final exhibition in its current London space
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Monday, July 15, 2024

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art opens final exhibition in its current London space
Christine Rebet, Time Levitation installation view.

LONDON.- Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art presents as the final exhibition in its current London space, works by French artist Christine Rebet. This, her first solo show in the United Kingdom, occupies two floors of the gallery and comprises six hand-drawn animated films that address the traumas of personal and collective histories, illusion and the destruction of our shared history and environment.

Drawing is at the heart of Rebet’s practice, which she often develops into animated films, sculpture, installations or performance art. With a background in theatre design, With a background in theatre design, Rebet presents many of her animated films within custom-built spaces and installed together with props to create an immersive environment. Working with the traditional techniques of early animation she explores the unconscious and creates tales that are both anti-heroic and satirical.

One of Rebet’s earliest animated works Brand Band News , 2005, previously screened at Parasol unit in the 2007 group exhibition Momentary Momentum: Animated Drawings , is presented as a ballad of transformation which examines the phenomenon of renewal and the quest for identity. Playing to the soundtrack of ‘Bullet Sisters’, a song written by Rebet and her brother, the film takes on a dreamlike yet macabre quality as a sequence of events unfold, beginning with two sisters who after being shot dead then hitch-hike to seek out a new life. In this film, Rebet explores the stylistic and musical approach of early cartoons and their ability to activate endless fantastical imagery which in some ways emulates today’s access to the abundance of images available on the internet.

Rebet’s dark yet whimsical film The Black Cabinet, 2007, a two-screen animation set in a nineteenth-century parlour, deals with themes of trickery, illusion and political propaganda. It features a group of aristocrats conjuring spirits during a séance – one bearing an uncanny resemblance to Mussolini. Rebet allows temporalities to collide, as these are clearly not ghosts from the past but a sombre prediction of what has yet to come.

Inspired by Samuel Beckett’s 1981 quadrilateral ballet Quad, Rebet created The Square, 2011, as a direct response to the collective protests and social unrest in public squares in Egypt and the Middle East during the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, the year after Rebet had visited the region. In this film, Beckett’s four performers are replaced by different coloured powdered particles of wood, metal, plaster and clay that shuffle about in a similar pattern, in and around a square, always avoiding the centre. The repeated motion eventually shatters the square’s surface, evoking uprisings in this part of the world and elsewhere. These revolts revived the function of the public square as an important gathering place for citizens and demonstrated how powerful yet invisible communication networks increased social consensus and organised political collectives that are no longer controlled by an established centre of leadership but rather by autonomous actions.

In the Soldier’s Head, 2015, is based on the story of Rebet’s own father who, having been a soldier in the Algerian War, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. It presents an intensely personal perspective on historical traumas and flows like the delusions conjured by a young soldier. A process of filming images submerged in water causes a series of ink drawings to emerge, expand and subsequently dissolve. By connecting the subconscious with reality, the film both re-animates the torment of her father’s repressed memories and responds to French society’s symptomatic denial of its colonial past.

Thunderbird, 2018, recalls the ancient legend of a temple commissioned by the Sumerian ruler Gudea and dedicated to the god Ningirsu and his avatar the Thunderbird, a magical hybrid creature with the body of a bird and the head of a lion. In response to the destruction and pillage of the last major archaeological sites in the Middle East, Rebet animates this divine myth which was inscribed on some ancient terracotta pillars that were discovered in the region.

Presented in the first-floor gallery, and making its UK premiere at Parasol unit, is Christine Rebet’s animated film Breathe In, Breathe Out, 2019, produced by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain as part of their Nomadic Nights exhibition, Trees . Inspired by Rebet’s recent travels to the north of Thailand, the film follows the spiritual journey of a monk as he descends a mountain. His path is transformed by the metamorphoses of animals and plants mixed with architectural and mythical forms evoking the devastation of our natural environment in this era of globalisation.

Curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Parasol unit, the Christine Rebet: Time Levitation exhibition is accompanied by a tailored programme of related educational events.

Today's News

January 28, 2020

Exhibition devoted to Picasso's imaginative and original uses of paper opens in London

Exhibition at Fondation Beyeler focuses on Edward Hopper's approach to American landscape

Musée de l'Elysée opens a retrospective of René Burri's work

Christie's announces highlights included in its Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Musée d'Orsay acquires Gallen-Kallela masterpiece in Sotheby's private sale

Collectors are spending thousands on video games they will never play

Famed South African anti-apartheid photographer Santu Mofoken dies

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures reaches 95% of campaign fundraising goal

7 newly acquired works by John Baldessari displayed for the first time at Pinakothek der Moderne

$12,000 design leads selection that includes two Toulouse-Lautrec posters

Museum of the City of New York opens a special exhibition featuring new collections acquisitions

Phillips in collaboration with Galerie des Bains opens Brush/OFF

Vienna to reward car-free travel with concert ticket

Two seasoned fundraisers fill key development positions at Vancouver Art Gallery

Tornabuoni Art Paris presents largest international survey of multi-faceted artist Renato Mambor

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art opens final exhibition in its current London space

New art installation lights up Granary Square

The Gujral Foundation opens an exhibition of works by Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart

Tang honored for innovation in collection access by the Museum Association of New York

'Indian Ocean Current' opens at The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College

H&H Classics to offer only AC 2-Litre drophead coupe left & one of just 50 Hillman Aero Minx's

The Royal Commission for AlUla launches an international concepts competition

Legendary 1884 Trade Dollar worth $2 million heading to auction

Trump's Flavored Vape Pod Ban Makes Disposable E=Cigarettes Great Again

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful