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“The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Albert Einstein

The late 1970s and early 1980s are juxtaposed with the present in order to reflect on the parallelism of the cultural, economic, political and social conditions. New work by DIS, Flo Brooks and Juliana Huxtable will accompany historical works by Hal Fischer and Harumi Yamaguchi.

Fischer’s series of images decoding the erotic dimensions of Western gay male life, post-Stonewall and pre-AIDS and Yamaguchi’s post-pop paintings of women in consumerist ecstasy present an identity optimistic of a liberatory utopia promised by capitalism. In a not too dissimilar present, DIS’ new unique backlit prints mixing education and entertainment, Flo Brooks’ paintings of everyday life, and Juliana Huxtable’s self-portraits communicate a reactionary logic of post-neoliberal politics rife with “fake news” and “me too”. The five viewpoints suggest the past, as much as the present, is a constant state of becoming, where every gesture is a perpetual vanishing point, needing to be repeated endlessly.

Project Native Informant
Stephan Sastrawidjaja

Morley House, 3rd Floor,
26 Holborn Viaduct
London EC1A 2AT
United Kingdom

+44 20 8133 8887

Shown at LISTE:

DIS, 2010, US ES

Hal Fischer, 1952, US

Harumi Yamaguchi, 1940, JP

Juliana Huxtable , 1987, US

Flo Brooks, 1987, GB