foreword (language in the darkness of the world through inverse images)
With a practice focused on exhibitions, publications and readings, Dominique Hurth explores the framing and reading of objects and events—folding and unfolding in non-linear manner historical narratives—that re-manifest themselves when translated, abstracted and absorbed into her own visual and textual language. The starting point for new works is often a narrative present in localities or images as continued in documents, archives and exhibition displays, questioning the entity of the object in space as accompanied by the subjective voice of personal narratives.
Dominique Hurth’s proposal at Büchsenhausen consisted in the writing (in both the material and words) of the foreword to her artist’s book language in the darkness of the world through inverse images. The book is a montage of images extracted from her own collection of material gathered throughout the years, some of them which are used as source or reference material for sculptural works, texts and installations. A central topic of the book is the idea of source material as a semantic background for Hurth’s own sculptural and visual art practice.
The exhibition as a foreword to the book would center around an assemblage of existing and new works, and on the appearance and disappearance of the source materials within the objects. Hurth was interested in on the moment where the source material disappears and the sculpture, the drawing, the text of the object become containers for semantic storage: a new form and new word, detached from its source.
(Text source: Dominique Hurth)
Dominique HURTH (*1985 in Colmar/FR), lives in Berlin. She completed studies at Saint Martin’s School of Art, London (BA 2005), at the Academy of Arts, Berlin (MA 2007) and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris (MA Visual Arts 2009) and was a Fine Art Researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (2010/11). Exhibitions include: procreated by husband, put on ice by scientists, aroused by wife, Clockwork Gallery, Berlin (solo, 2013); Blackout, Look 13, Liverpool International Photography Festival, Liverpool (2013), le périmètre interne, Institut Français, Barcelona; La Triennale—Intense Proximity, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Palais de Tokyo Paris (2012), …aber wir sind der sprache scheißegal, Archive Books Berlin (together with Scriptings, Achim Lengerer, 2012).