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  • Juliette Blightman, Coma (B and K sleeping), 2016, gouache on paper, 27 1/2 × 19 3/4".

    Juliette Blightman

    Kunsthalle Bern
    Helvetiaplatz 1
    September 23 - November 13

    Curated by Valerie Knoll

    The practice of everyday life, a life examined, radical subjectivity, the personal made public: Moved by any and all of these, Juliette Blightman photographs, paints, films, writes, and performs the slow drawl of the quotidian with all its dance parties and traipsing children, houseplants and living rooms, naked bodies and jokey games, encountered artworks and occasional orgies. Hardly an autonomous author but a member of a community, Blightman will be exhibiting her own works at Kunsthalle Bern, alongside those of “friends, family, and heroes.” The compulsive self-documentation of Michel Auder comes to mind, as does the exhibitionism courted by Instagram, but such comparisons reduce Blightman’s work to its methods without sussing her peculiar voice—a little licentious, sometimes shy, but invariably open.