Marie José Burki

Helmhaus Zurich

The interior of the Helmhaus in Zurich, ordinarily sun flooded, was almost hermetically sealed off from the outside world during the course of Marie José Burki’s exhibition. The all-encompassing darkness, combined with a silence broken only at intervals, created the feeling of a place outside time. Entering the black cubes of the gallery rooms, one was irresistibly drawn in by seven video projections that filled the walls, panoramas of an eternal holiday: Images drifted slowly past, at times almost static, depicting moments leading up to or following a wild party, its details left to our imagination. Gentle pans and intensifying zooms drew the viewer’s attention to apparently insignificant objects and overlooked details, as if the lens itself were in search of a new reality, strolling optically across isolated body parts or the surfaces of things, either in interior settings or outdoors

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