Exhibitions

MCA Screen:Way of the Shovel

Images

Phil Collins, Video still, marxism today (prologue), 2010, HD video (color and black-and-white, sound), 35 minutes
Courtesy of Shady Lane Productions and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Phil Collins, Video still, marxism today (prologue), 2010, HD video (color and black-and-white, sound), 35 minutes
Courtesy of Shady Lane Productions and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Lene Berg, Stalin by Picasso or Portrait of a Woman with Moustache (Communists [Joseph Stalin and Pablo Picasso]), 2008
Courtesy of the artist
Sophie Nys, Still from Lénine en pensant, 2006, Video, 7 minutes
Courtesy the artist
Raphaël Grisey, Production photo, Sand Quarry, 2005
Courtesy of the artist
Raphaël Grisey, Video still, Sand Quarry, 2005, Video (color and black-and-white, sound), 6 minutes
Courtesy of the artist
Sophie Nys, Still from Lénine en pensant, 2006, Video, 7 minutes
Courtesy the artist

About

In conjunction with The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology, MCA Screen presents six artists’ films and videos under the rubric of an alternative “history channel.” These works by Lene Berg, Phil Collins, Raphaël Grisey, Aleksander Komarov, Sophie Nys, and Anri Sala address recent political history in varying degrees of directness, with a strong focus on the Cold War and the flaws of Soviet communism. In the process they reveal how contemporary art allows for a reconsideration of history often no longer possible within a mainstream media culture obsessed by novelty and speed.

Artist films vary in length from 6 to 35 minutes and run in a loop.