Apparent Positions Aglaia Konrad: Concrete and Samples

Concrete & Samples I, II, III is a series of films on sculptural architecture. The sites in all works, while disparate, embody the idea of ‘architecture as sculpture’, with space itself taking the central role in the absence of any conventional narrative. Where Concrete and Samples I and II explore specific Modernist buildings – the Wotruba Church in Vienna and the Eglise St.Bernadette-du-Banlay in Nevers respectively – the third film forms a radical counterpoint, focusing on a marble quarry, a temporal (and temporary) landscape; a space invested with agency.

Opening Friday 19 October, 6pm. Lower Gallery, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

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Apparent Positions

This installation is the first of four in the series Apparent Positions, a series of installations by contemporary artists who work with the moving image. Based around the notion of transfigured space, the four shows – separate, yet in dialogue with one another – comprise work which deals with spaces imagined, implicated, even compromised.

Complicating and subverting the construct of landscape and the Romantic tradition, the films summon the notion of the plurality of place, of a meta-landscape; and beyond that, of the active site, loaded, both defining and defined by interaction with its occupants and would-be occupiers.

Curated by Adam Pugh for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts . With work by Aglaia Konrad (20 October – 11 November), Beatrice Gibson (17 November – 9 December), Cyprien Gaillard (15 December – 13 January) and Marine Hugonnier (19 January – 10 February).


About the artist

Originally from Austria, Aglaia Konrad is based in Brussels. Her work, which encompasses photography and film, has received solo exhibitions in Siegen, Antwerp, Geneva, Graz, Cologne and New York, among other cities; and in group shows including Documenta X (1997), Cities on the Move (1998-1999) and Talking Cities (2006). Several of Konrad’s projects have been published in exhibition catalogues and monograph publications, such as Elasticity (2002) and Iconocity (2005). For her book Desert Cities (2008) she received the Infinity award of the International Center for Photography, New York, for the Best Photo Book 2009. The publication Carrara (2011) won the Fernand Baudin Prize 2011. Konrad was previously Advising Researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, and is currently teaching at the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas in Brussels. Her work is distributed by Auguste Orts.