Yvon Chabrowski’s new exhibition subverts the gallery screen

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  With multiple projects displayed, Chabrowski produces a borderline space of video clip and sculpture 

For nearly half a century, the particular screen has been the primary technology used when displaying relocating images within the gallery. Television screens brought video art into the gallery space, and ever since, the use of digital apparatus has been seen across art genres and mediums. This is actually the case for Yvon Chabrowski and her four best rated works; Horizontal, Swaying , Level plus The Appropriate Body.

Level, © Yvon Chabrowski.

Situated Knowledges or the Attempt of an Encounter may be the Berlin-born artist’s latest exhibit, displayed at the Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Bremen from 29 May to 10 July . Chabrowski decontextualises the screen, transforming this into a statue. She drags the television off the wall, turning it into a good invasive figure scattered throughout the gallery. They act as sculptures, taking up space, pushing further than the wall and to the human-occupied room. They power confrontation with the viewer, challenging to be seen.

Horizontal, © Yvon Chabrowski.

At the heart of the exhibition, and Chabrowski ’s practice, is the innovation of a performative space over and above the screen. There is no natural standpoint–  the viewer has to interact with the space to fully view the works. In Level , a documented film of a performer suspended from a glass plate hangs midway from the ceiling. Within Horizontal , another performer seemingly lies inside the screen, resting contrary to the glass a meter above the ground. Locating oneself amongst Chabrowski ’s mediations becomes the exhibition alone, blurring the lines between viewer and viewed.

Isaac Huxtable

Isaac Huxtable joined the British Journal of Pictures in October 2020, in which he is currently the Editorial Associate. Prior to this, he studied a BA in History associated with Art at the Courtauld Instititue of Art, London.

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