Roni Horn. Some Thames
Curator: Ninacs Anne-Marie
Artist: Roni Horn
September 6, 2011 - October 8, 2011
Opening: September 9, 2011, 6:00 pm
The Galerie de l’UQAM presents, as part of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, the work Some Thames by Roni Horn from September 6 to October 8, 2011. Lucidity. Inward Views is the theme proposed by Anne-Marie Ninacs for the 12th presentation of this international biennale of contemporary photography. The opening of Some Thameswill take place Friday, September 9, at 6:00 pm, at the Galerie.
The body of work that Roni Horn has been meticulously building for more than 30 years encompasses drawing, photography, and sculpture. The artist calls into question the nature of perception and identity, of sameness and difference, through formal inventions of pairing and doubling. Experiential in nature, her works involve a subtle comparison of pairs of very similar images, creating situations in which viewers become aware, by the very movement of their body through space, of the fundamentally fleeting and contingent nature of everything. The metaphor of water in Some Thames (2000), which presents 80 views of the surface of the River Thames, and thus the change in appearance of a single body from moment to moment, is exemplary of this exploration.
Roni Horn is born in 1955 in New York. She lives and works in New York. Roni Horn’s art practice is divided among photography, drawing, and sculpture. She is principally interested in notions of presence and identity, which she conveys by engaging viewers in physical shifts and subtle comparisons. Her works have been presented at and collected by important institutions throughout the world. In 2009–10, Roni Horn aka Roni Horn, a major retrospective exhibition, was organized jointly and presented by the Tate Modern in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, then by the Lambert Collection in Avignon and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Horn is represented by Hauser & Wirth.