San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Imitator Being Made features three characters, ‘The Made’, ‘The Being’ and ‘The Imitator’. In its discussion of the relationships between these three characters, the work considers issues of power, collaboration and dependency. How much do authenticity and originality really matter? Don’t we all learn through copying others?
About the exhibition:
Hedwig Houben, Others and I
Dutch artist Hedwig Houben makes sculptural works that are mediated by film, performance and language. She foregrounds the acts of making and talking about art in awkward performances that reveal to the viewer the questions she asks of her own activity and process. Houben has described her work as attempting to understand how the process of making works ‘relates to the structures that we create together within society – rules, assumptions, expectations.’
This, her first solo exhibition in the UK, will include a number of key works made over the last five years, encompassing film, performance, sculpture and text.
Hedwig Houben’s exhibition is supported by the Mondriaan Fund and Outset.
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