ON FIRE – VULNERABLE FOOTAGE
Melanie Bonajo, Samira Elagoz, Juliana Huxtable, Carolyn Lazard, Leigh Ledare, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Tobias Madison, Markus & Markus, Shayok Mukhopadhyay, Christoph Schlingensief, Martine Syms, Johannes Willi, Sasha Wortzel with Morgan Bassichis. Curated by Benedikt Wyss with Boris Nikitin (Basler Dokumentartage) and Samuel Leuenberger (SALTS Birsfelden) This exhibition is commissioned by 'BASLER DOKUMENTARTAGE 19', co-hosted by Kaserne Basel, ROXY Birsfelden, junges theater basel, KLARA, Theodorskirche, and SALTS, Birsfelden.
11 Apr – 11 May 2019

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Presenting new and older film and video works, the exhibition «On Fire – Vulnerable Footage» investigates human vulnerability as a potential to represent, uncover, cope, interfere etc. Liveliness, disease and mortality are inscribed in the moving image. In this transformation, people, and their bodies are captured and archived. This creates the paradox of an illusion of eternity, which at the same time refers to the future absence of the filmed person. Film and video are flickering testimonies to melancholy, a contemporary memento mori.

Opening: Thursday 11 April 2019, 5pm
with Jannik Giger, Legion Seven and Awet Tesfazgi

Opening hours: 12–14 April 2019 Fr–Su 2–6 pm
after that: Fridays 2–6 PM, Saturdays 1–5 pm and by appointment.

The exhibition is kindly supported by Swisslos-Fonds Basel-Stadt, Swisslos-Fonds Basel-Landschaft, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Christoph Merian Stiftung, SüdKulturFonds, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, zürich moves!, Deli Projects and L. + Th. La Roche-Stiftung.