PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY HIPPOLYTE & HIPPOLYTE STUDIO
Yrjönkatu 8–10 (courtyard), 00120 Helsinki, Finland, +358 9 612 33 44, www.hippolyte.fi
Open: Tue–Fri 12–17, Sat–Sun 12–16
Discussion Thu 14.3.2013 5 p.m. : Diego Bruno & Taru Elfving. Discussion in English, welcome!
In Diego Bruno’s work, questions of site, politics of space, and language are explored through video, written text, drawing, photography and exhibition as a technique. The works attempt to emphasize the friction between aesthetic and political awareness in the framework of their respective narratives.
For his show at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte Bruno presents a double channel video installation, photographs, a text based piece and a document. All of these are components of Location, a project that proceeds from the archaeological ruins of a Clandestine Detention Center operated by the last Argentinian dictatorship (1976 – 1983). The ruins were excavated in the context of a lawsuit and initiated in 2004 to prosecute and judge the crimes committed by the totalitarian government.
Location aims at dismantling the conventional visual rhetoric of historical testimony and search for an aesthetic language that does not subject the history to the forces of ideological assimilation or mass media commodification. The exhibition explores historical memory and private articulation of that memory, materiality, spatial structures and strands of time. Not only in the information the work is based upon, but also in the medium itself, which condenses to become one with what is being depicted. The work is testing our perception of the past and the present and the relationship between the textual and the visual information.
Born in 1978 in Argentina, Diego Bruno lives and works in Helsinki. He studied History of Art at the University of Buenos Aires, holds a BA in Fine Arts from the Escola Massana (Barcelona) and a MFA in Fine Arts from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Bruno has participated in several international studio programs such as Het Wilde Weten in Rotterdam, Hangar in Barcelona, and Wiels in Brussels. His work has been shown extensively, including: Wiels – Center for Contemporary Art (Brussels), Museum of Latin American Art (Buenos Aires), Centre d´Art Santa Monica (Barcelona), Manifesta 08 (Murcia), Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (New York), Lokaal 01 Antwerp, Lls387 Antwerp, Center for Contemporary Art (Celje), Extra City (Antwerp) and The Solo Project (Basel). Upcoming shows include Malmö Konsthall, Lokaal 01 Breda and Wiels – Center for Contemporary Art.