13 February – 28 March 2010
Documentalist was an international group show across all Collective's gallery spaces with work exploring blurred boundaries between fiction and reality through drawing, sculpture and film. The show included work by British artists Chris Evans and Suzanne Treister, and Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevicius.
Chris Evans deliberately muddles the roles of artist and patron, genius and muse. For Documentalist, he presented Warm Hermaphrodite and Repeat Horizon, which forms visual motifs created by Evans in response to interviews with four elderly Italian politicians. Evans’ other works included Radical Loyalty, when in 2003 he purchased an unpromising piece of land in the industrial town of Järvakandi, Estonia to turn it into a sculpture park.
Utilising various media including video, the internet, interactive technologies, photography, drawing and painting, Suzanne Treister's practice deals with notions of identity, history, power and the hallucinatory. Alchemy is a series of works, which transcribe front pages of international daily newspapers into alchemical drawings, reframing the world as a place animated by strange forces, powers and belief systems. In A Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions: Weapons, Warfare and Security, Treister drew up a history documenting innovations of imaginary and fantastic military technology.
Deimantas Narkevicius has developed a practice based on video and film that explores fascinating, problematic and overlooked passages of recent post-communist European history, including his personal history of living and working in Lithuania during the soviet era and after. In his short film, Revisiting Solaris, the actor Donatas Banionis appears in the role of Chris Kelvin more than forty years after Andrej Tarkovskij’s Solaris was made
This is an archived programme entry.