“Répétition”

Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67
May 13, 2016–August 21, 2016

Andros Zins-Browne, Already Unmade, 2016. Performance view, Grand Hall of the Boghossian Foundation-Villa Empain, 2016. Andros Zins-Browne.

Let’s look at life as an exercise of mere accidents––a sequence of freak chances whose endless syntheses, movements, gestures, and replications make up the inertia of this revolving world. In 1963, upon discovering that his lithographic printing stone had broken in two, Robert Rauschenberg, who was at that time experimenting with printing processes, must have come to a similar conclusion, naming this erroneous work Accident. “Répétiton” is curated by Nicola Lees and Asad Raza under a similar pretense of resistance: mainly, that objects defy the stasis of the exhibition space and exist as an ever-fluctuating series of incomplete incidents and encounters. Joining selected works from the collections of Ljubljana’s International Centre of Graphic Arts and Moderna Galerija with new commissions specifically for this exhibition, Lees and Raza extend these works into desultory frames of signification based on disparate social receptions. This is aided by a group of outside curators who have been given carte blanche to rehang the installation weekly based on their own respective tastes.

Bad Weather, 2015, Will Benedict’s 120 prints shown originally in Tivoli Park as part of the 2015 Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, shows graffitied messages of civil discontent, love, and affirmations of existence (“so-and-so was here”)––marks of human presence as fragile and transient as the posters that bear them. Arguably, the show’s pièce de résistance (pun intended) lies with choreographer Andros Zins-Browne’s Already Unmade, 2016, a series of unannounced performances occurring throughout the exhibition that take “choreographic objects” from his oeuvre and attempt to retract their finished status in real time. It’s a rehearsal that defies completion, which is here akin to death.

Julian Elias Bronner