Fleeting Exits


Fleeting Exits

With works by Ryan Gander, Rebecca Horn, Laure Prouvost, and Lindsay Seers | Curated by Marwan T. Assaf
13 July, 2018 to 8 October, 2018
Twin Galleries, Level -2
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    Rebecca Horn
    Mr. and Mrs. Brown
    Wooden shoe trees, brass, and steel box with electric motor
    approximately 125 cm high
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    Installation view of Laure Prouvost's "Metal Woman, Welcome, Deep Travel Ink. NYC" (2018)
    HD video, metal sculpture, painted wood dust, and resin
    234 × 81.5 × 35.5 cm
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    Installation view of Ryan Gander's "Forces outside of you (Because you cede your life decisions and consequences to forces outside of you)" (2017)
    Acrylic, LED panels
    255 × 85 × 119 cm
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    Installation view of Rebecca Horn's "Mr. and Mrs. Brown" (1990)
    Wooden shoe trees, brass, and steel box with electric motor
    approximately 125 cm high
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    Installation view of works by (from left to right) Laure Prouvost, Ryan Gander, and Rebecca Horn
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    Installation view of Lindsay Seers' "Entangled² (Theatre II)" (2013)
    Polystyrene spheres, HD projection, curtain, carpet, sound

Opening reception: Thursday 12 July 2018, 18:00 to 21:00.

Fleeting Exits is a group exhibition that brings together works that draw on notions of gender, escape, and liberation. Spanning from theatrical installation to robotic sculptures, these works transform into a microcosm of poetic biographies pushing the spectator to expand their understanding of identity.

Lindsay Seers’ Entangled² (Theatre II) (2013) is a film projected onto a pair of oversized eyeballs in an enclosed theatrical space draped in red upholstery. In this microcosm, an intriguing impersonator narrates stories in a vaudeville-style setting.

Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost’s Metal Woman, Welcome Deep Travel Ink. NYC (2018) is a humanoid robotic sculpture that addresses the viewer with an uncanny, tranquil female voice. She offers the possibility of escape through a “Deep Travel” agency.

Rebecca Horn’s kinetic sculpture Mr. and Mrs. Brown (1990) also hints at the irony of repetition: a pair of metal legs is on an endless and pointless walk while tethered to a wall. Two metal rods with shoe trees, in lieu of legs and feet, tramp in place in a jerky movement with a mechanical whirring sound.

Ryan Gander’s sculpture Forces Outside of You (Because you cede your life decisions and consequences to forces outside of you) (2017) consists of a short flight of stairs leading to a large luminous door which suggests a grand entry into somewhere else.


About the curator

Marwan T. Assaf is a collector and art researcher based in Beirut. He received an MA in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London in 2006.


Exhibition guide

Download the exhibition guide in Arabic and English.