press release

“Ideas are one thing and what happens is another” John Cage

In partnership with the Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon 2005 (Sep 14 – Dec 31 2005) and its title Experiencing Duration, Tramway will be one of six European venues commissioning independent exhibitions which happen at the same time as those in Lyon.

Tramway, along with Portikus (Frankfurt), PAC (Milan), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), CAC (Vilnius) and Migros (Zurich), will host exhibitions which run as a ‘real time’ parallel with the Biennale.

Kader Attia, Rob Kennedy, Rosalind Nashashibi, Lucy Skaer and Fabien Verschaere have used as a starting point the systems and structures - physical, emotional, political, temporal, social or cultural - which frame our understanding of everyday existence, creating work which tells of the state of things, whilst alluding to that which lies beyond what we see.

Individually and as a group, and using a diversity of media, the works sketch out the places between fact and fiction, intention and experience, public and private, becoming and being, where time and its passing is both object and subject, cause and effect.

Kader Attia (1970) was born in France of Algerian origin and lives and works in Paris. He was selected for the Fault Lines: Contemporary African Art and Shifting Landscapes exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2003, had a solo show in Miami during the Art Basel Miami Beach Fair and recently had his first show in the UK at Sketch, London in May 2005.

Rob Kennedy (1968) was born in London but has been based in Glasgow since 1998. He represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2003, was selected for Tate Britain’s Art Now ‘Lightbox’ programme in 2004, and recently showed work in the first Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art (April 2005).

Rosalind Nashashibi (1973) was born in Croydon, England, completed the Master of Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art, and is now based in Glasgow. She was the first woman to win the Beck’s Futures Award in 2003, represented Scotland at the 2003 Venice Biennale and has shown widely throughout the world including UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and a solo show at Kunsthalle Basel in 2004. She has recently completed the Scottish Arts Council residency in New York.

Lucy Skaer (1975) was born in Cambridge, England, studied at The Glasgow School of Art and is now based and works in Glasgow. She was shortlisted for the Beck’s Futures Award in 2003, represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and as one of the artist collective Henry VIII’s Wives, exhibited at PS1, New York in 2004.

Fabien Verschaere (1975) lives and works in Paris. He has shown widely throughout Europe including a solo show at the Palais de Tokyo in 2003 and group exhibitions including Academia per L’Europa at the Castello di Rivoli, Turin and Traverseés, curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist at Musee d’art Moderne, Paris.

For the 2005 Lyon Biennale, guest curators Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérôme Sans have collated a programme of works and artists using the theme of temporality, focusing on how artists have manipulated time through the slowing down, speeding up, dissolution and re-construction of time, to assert the art experience itself. Spread throughout five venues in Lyon, the Biennale features work by Carsten Höller, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Sophie Calle, Jim Lambie, Spencer Tunick, James Turrell, Martin Creed and Brian Eno, amongst many others.


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In Between Times
Kooperation: Biennale Lyon
Tramway 2

mit Kader Attia, Rob Kennedy, Rosalind Nashashibi, Lucy Skaer, Fabien Verschaere