Marie José Burki

Galerie Lehmann

In her new video works, Marie José Burki enters into a silent dialogue with nature. From the frontal perspective of the video camera, a parrot sitting on its perch, unaware that it is being watched, can be observed for several minutes on the monitor. It makes a noise now and again, growls occasionally, and cleans itself, looking around while a scientific commentary about flying, about nutrition, and about the courting rituals of various species is delivered in a monotone.

In the obvious difference between the object and its representation, the image and the tone of voice, the certainties of representation or scientific description breakdown. The parrot, often an excellent imitator of human language, retreats from representation without physically pulling away. This dialogue with nature is of necessity a silent one. The silent presence of the parrot—talkative in fiction—mocks the blather to

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