Gilbert Hage: Screening Berlin / Eleven Views of Mount Ararat
Exhibition: July 13 - September 8, 2012
Opening: Thursday July 12, 2012,6 pm - 9 pm
The artist will be present.
Each year, as tourist vacationers, tens of millions of humans
yield to an extra conditioning: they follow the directives
of a guide, the rythm of a group, and are instructed
cursorily in the doxa on various countries turned venues.
Under the pretext of anticipating their needs, desires,
and even their whims, they are dissuaded from any independent
choice. In a sightseeing boat during a guided
tour of Berlin, Gilbert Hage resisted - while fixed to his
seat - by means of photography the concomitant insidious
screening of Berlin. The result, “Screening Berlin”,
is a number of moving encounters in the form of chance
compositions of landscapes and people.
Eleven Views of Mount Ararat
Referring in its title to the famous series “Thirty-six Views
of Mount Fuji” by the Japanese artist Hokusai, which later
augmented to forty-six prints and which was produced
between 1826 and 1833, Gilbert Hage’s “Eleven Views
of Mount Ararat” depicts another preeminent mountain,
one also viewed by many as sacred, this time as it appears
in the context of various houses of members of the
Armenian community of Lebanon.