Gerard Byrne, 1/125 of a Second
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK
16 January – 12 March 2016
Renowned for his film installations which re-enact conversations from specific historic moments, Irish artist Gerard Byrne works with photography, video and live art to explore the way we understand the present, through revisiting the past.
Mead Gallery has worked with galleries in Melbourne and Stockholm to develop this major exhibition of Gerard Byrne’s work. It centres on the world-premiere of a new film by the artist made at the Biologiska Museet in Stockholm: the first natural history museum to use a large-scale diorama.
The 19th century diorama is a form of representation that anticipates the invention of both photography and cinema. Gerard Byrne explores this immersive representation of a Nordic wilderness as an image that is fixed both in the time of its making and of the present. His film stages a confrontation between the photographic image and the forms of representation that it supplanted and raises questions as to what comes next.