Dreams & Memories

Videolounge IMAI

March 14 – July 9 2020

The exhibition Dreams & Memories brings together five video works from the collection of the imai foundation, which make various references to photography.

In Pivot, the Japanese artist Maki Satake (*1980) composes an original and highly dynamic sequence of images from photographs taken by herself and archive photos of the town of Tomakomai. As a reminiscence of the city's history, the striking towers of the local paper factory are always at the centre of the photographs.

The series Identities and Recipes by Ji Su Kang-Gatto (*1989), published on YouTube, explores the artist's Korean roots through personal memories and traditional recipes. The video How to cook Yukgaejang (Spicy Beef & Vegetable Stew) deals with the loss of a close family member and the memories triggered by an old photograph.

The animated film Landscape Interior by Igor Kirin (*1975) spreads out a dreamlike, surreal landscape in which the individual scenes merge associatively into one another. The artist's experimental soundtrack accompanies the unexpected transformation of the motifs, which seem to provide an insight into his inner worlds.

The photographic basis of the experimental short film Ici repose is formed by Michel Delaborde's 1970s cemetery shots. Robert Cahen (*1945) has impressively processed and set them to music to create a fascinating audiovisual daydream of memories of the deceased.

Stefan Panhans (*1967) portrays in Juice & Gin, Merle, Danilo, Isabel three young people who dream of a career as models. In long close-up camera shots, we can closely observe the rehearsed sequence of different facial expressions, which for short moments are replaced by unadulterated emotions and uncertainties.

Curated by Darija Šimunović

Young man with red hair and a whit t-shirt in front of a red background looking into the camera
kakis, oranges and apples
In the background, a road with landscape on both sides, which is hidden by a raised photo of the same road in the foreground
Woman with black hair tied in a braid and a black cape, standing in semi-profile in front of a white wall

Partners Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf Otto Beisheim Stiftung Hoffmann Liebs Max Brown Midtown CCS