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Fiona Banner, Nathalie Melikian &
Rosa Barba
13 April – 12 June 2005

In conjunction with 2005's Images Festival, the AGYU presents Fiona Banner, Rosa Barba, and Nathalie Melikian, artists who look at film but project it to another end—as film experienced through language, which is why the exhibition Horror, Science Fiction, Porn includes no actual films.

This international group of artists — from Britain, Germany, and Canada — looks at language's determinant conditioning and indeterminate effects through a variety of film genres. The conventions that establish a genre (right from the start with the writing of the script) and those that manipulate the spectator, are only partly at play in this examination as these artists relate the genres of science fiction, action, horror, and pornography to their constructions, technical apparatus, and reception.

Image: Fiona Banner, Arsewoman in Wonderland, 2001. Detail. Billboard, screenprint on paper, 365 x 610cm. Courtesy of Frith Street Gallery, London.
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