Migration is currently a high profile term and issue. However, our attention has been caught not only by the most recent developments in the numerous trouble spots and war zones in Europe and elsewhere; our awareness of the causes, potential reactions and also of our own position has led to a process of deep reflection.
Not Here Yet illustrates an artistic exploration of this issue which, in an art context, was and is never the result of a primarily actionist perspective, but was and is always comprehensive and fundamental. Reflections of personal biographies mirror this as much as observations of nature, landscapes and urbanity, and social constellations. From an artistic perspective, the question of where we come from and where we are going means a fundamental exploration, not only of the physical movements of people but also, and above all, of change as a quest and an intellectual process. Of continuous movement as an existential moving ahead between our roots and permanent departure, as an act of exploring the world but also always of a critical exploration of our own, ever changing position. And maybe also of a rationally, hardly explicable desire for permanent migration borne from a deep longing to arrive
somewhere; something that Larry Sultan expressed as, "the restlessness of hoping something will happen".
In Not Here Yet, the photographic, video and performative images created by eleven international artists stand for this quest and paint a complex overall picture.
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Magasinet KUNST, text by Tove Thage (DK/ENG), issue - no. 6/2016 - About/Press/text
Group exhibition: The Farther I Remember, with Carolle Bénitah, Robin Cracknell, Eeva Hannula, Susanne Wellm at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York, Dec. 10 - Feb. 4, 2017
“The farther I remember” highlights each photographer’s unique relationship to memory and time. In the collected works on view, the artists have mined their past, dreams, and subconsciouses to create images that are at once familiar and new using various techniques and crafts that include the layering of images, direct physical contact with the photograph, and analog and digital methods of reworking the negative or original image.