previews

  • Darren Almond

    Kunsthalle Zurich
    Limmatstrasse 270
    March 31–May 27, 2001

    An adept chronicler of the industrial age, Almond uncovers the eerie traces of its violence in the most unexpected artifacts, from bus-stop shelters at Auschwitz to the body of his working-class father. In Zurich, along with familiar works involving time and trains, he will present a new video installation that promises to sound the depths of the Central Asian mining industry. Almond went down an active coal mine in Kazakhstan and filmed workers moving through the rudimentary shafts. The large-scale projections of the footage are accompanied by audio recordings of strangely incongruous nocturnal rituals performed by a shaman with the miners, perhaps to exorcize the coal-dust demons.