Catalog of the eponymous exhibition, held at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and curated by Andrea Bellini, this publication brings together a number of essays that explore the notion of metamorphosis from different perspectives. The catalog, like the exhibition, celebrates a world in constant transformation, where human nature is fluid and hybrid, open to change.
Fatima Hellberg is director of Bonner Kunstverein and former artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. Her curatorial practice is developed in close dialogue with artists and is often associated with long-term exchange, with amongst others Gregg Bordowitz, Ellen Cantor, David Medalla, James Richards and Leslie Thornton. She has curated exhibitions in institutions including the ICA, London; Tate Modern; the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; the South London Gallery and Malmö Konsthall.
Known for his provocative and visually seductive moving-image works that collage together a wide range of source material, James Richards’s work carves out a space where personal politics and digital materiality might meet. Recent exhibitions include When We Were Monsters, Haus Mödrath (2021); The Holding Environment, Bonner Kunstverein (2021); Alms for the Birds, Castello Di Rivoli (2020); Speed II, Malmö Konsthall w/ Leslie Thornton (2019); Speed, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart w/ Leslie Thornton (2018).
In a career spanning nearly five decades, Leslie Thornton has produced an influential body of work in film and video. Her early encounters with experimental, structuralist, and cinéma vérité fuelled her iconoclastic take on the moving image and gave shape to her practice of weaving together her own footage and voice with archival film and audio. Thornton’s work has been exhibited at documenta 12, Kassel; The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, and Artists Space in New York; Tate Modern and Raven Row in London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among many others. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions have taken place at Kunstverein Nürnberg (2020); Malmö Konsthall (2019); Secession, Vienna (2018) and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2018).