New York

Joachim Koester

Greene Naftali Gallery

Constructing the record of a place or mapping an event is always fraught with contradictions: the moment one grasps a context or situation one has also to acknowledge that it is almost impossible to stake a claim to an unmediated relation to the phenomenal world. But this dilemma, which assumes a strict philosophical and material dichotomy between reality and artifice, is one that Danish artist Joachim Koester seeks to question. In his first one-person show in New York, Koester offered two distinct types of work that, when considered in tandem, indicate a general desire to both extract theater from reality and manufacture theatrical situations. The video installation Pit Music, 1996, recently presented at Documenta X, depicts a concert by four women violinists of Shostakovitch’s No. 8 110 in C minor. The series of photographs, Day for Night, Christiania 1996, 1996, provides a sensuous,

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