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The Long Take

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), Los Angeles, California, USA
July 16, 2016 – August 27, 2016

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Curated by Suzy Halajian

No account of the same event is ever alike. People see things differently, and their stories are affected by the variables and circumstances of any given day. Memory is heavily constructed by time.

Artists and filmmakers Mariah Garnett and William E. Jones constantly consider this. Approached as a dialogue between the artists within the exhibition space, The Long Take presents two practitioners whose respective research-based practices are rooted in experimental documentary filmmaking and investigations into archives through which they tackle gender and the truth subject in unexpected narratives. Here, we witness distinct narratives unfolding into the same scene as matters of class and class conflict intersect the work and offer the propositions around which these artworks rotate.

Mariah Garnett’s new film, Open Letter (2016), photographs, and sculptural installation document and interpret recorded footage of large towering bonfires in Northern Ireland from the Eleventh Night — the annual Ulster Protestant celebration and street party, which often turns into a riotous bad act. Additionally, Jones’s work consists of his recent video, Model Workers (2014), and the artist’s newly conceived archival vitrine displays. The project presents an assortment of banknotes mainly from poor and socialist countries (1914 – 2009) and stock certificates with engraved details that expose burdened representations of physical labor.


Photo: Christopher Wormald
Courtesy of Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)

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