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Joachim Koester, Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes, 2011, wood, black-and-white 16-mm film projection, 8 minutes 15 seconds. Installation view.

Joachim Koester

Institut d’Art Contemporain

Joachim Koester, Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes, 2011, wood, black-and-white 16-mm film projection, 8 minutes 15 seconds. Installation view.

What stuck with you from Joachim Koester’s exhibition “Of Spirits and Empty Spaces” was primarily the powerful memory of its atmosphere, of a progression through darkness, from one black-and-white projection to another, with passages through light and color for his photographic works. Above all, you were left with the impression of having plunged into a remarkably coherent yet varied universe without any trace of monotony. The twenty-one pieces in the show date from 2003 to 2011, some having been produced for the occasion. All reflect the artist’s method of combining documentary and fiction and proceed by means of what film curator Philippe-Alain Michaud calls reconstitutions: Koester turns back to places photographed by champions of Conceptual art (Histoires, 2003–2005), follows in the footsteps of Aleister Crowley and Kenneth Anger in the Italian city Cefalù (One + One + One,

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