NO SAFE PLACE TO REST YOUR EYES
ASHLEY PERRY, BRIE TRENERRY, CHARLIE DONALDSON, EMANUEL RODRIGUEZ CHAVES AND GENEVIEVE PIKO.
CURATED BY KATIE PAINE.
The detective genre is haunted by the ghost of history: archivists compelled to dredge up secrets from the past, childhood traumas driving villains to commit unspeakable acts or conspiracy theorists reimagining the heavily warped and often censored narrative of history. For this project, exhibiting artists have created work concerning detective fiction and film: some consciously referencing mysteries or crimes, others taking on the role of a detective within their own practice. This exhibition references detective fiction in an expanded sense: from noir cinema to the concealment of corruption within bureaucratic institutions, crimes of cultural repatriation to the melodrama of Italian thrillers known as Giallo. No Safe Place to Rest Your Eyes focuses on how the detective genre can illuminate systems of meaning-making: the role language, film and images combine to construct narratives and the way they can be co-opted to perpetuate problematic narratives.
Image Courtesy: Aaron Christopher Rees