25 July – 29 August 2020
10 – 12 September 2020
Gallery Weekend Berlin
Christine Roland and Kara Hamilton
At Kurfürstenstraße 156
Site-specific installation at Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington, Seattle
11 June 2020 – 7 February 2021
Suzanne Hudson, World of Art: Contemporary Painting, Thames & Hudson
Olomouc Triennale 2020: The Universal, curated by Gina Renotière
Diversity United. Contemporary European Art
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
11 November 2020 – 21 February 2021
Undo Things Done Exhibition Tour
Senedd, National Assembly for Wales
26 July – 9 September 2020
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Barbican Centre, London; Luma Foundation, Arles, and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, established in 2008, is dedicated to developing a cross-disciplinary, trans-generational gallery programme with off-site projects, in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators. Its international exhibition programme reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, performance, minimal and conceptual art.
Director: Simon Gowing
Director: Patrick Armstrong
Gallery Manager: Melanie Isabel García
Finance Manager: Stefan Schuster
Tanya Leighton GmbH
Kurfürstenstraße 156 & 24/25
Open Tuesday – Saturday
11am – 6pm and by appointment
12 March – 13 April 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
‘These Days’ seems like a natural follow-up to ‘The Early Years’, Cesarco’s last solo exhibition at the gallery. This show centres around Cesarco’s two latest videos, Learning the Language (Present Continuous I & II).
As is indicated in the title, the two works document a way of learning, which is perhaps also a mode of appropriation. Learning, more often than not, occurs through mirroring and repetition. These works, not unlike an act of citation, show the artist reading and pillaging through other people’s words. In bringing them into the fold of his own artistic production, Cesarco ventriloquizes, asking his sources to speak back to him. Mirroring is also made explicit by referencing Dan Graham’s Present Continuous Past(s), 1974, a seminal work that correlates perception, time and subject formation. ‘These Days’ includes the following works:
Learning the Language (Present Continuous I), 2018
16mm film transferred to video, colour, sound, 18:25 min
Part of a series of video portraits in which Cesarco borrows the vocabulary of the person portrayed to address some of his own recurrent concerns
(memory, repetition, regrets, etc.). In this case, the film portrays Margarita Fernández, an Argentinean pianist, performer, and music scholar. The portrait is constructed through myriad voices: Cesarco’s, Fernández’s, and also Morton Feldman’s. In addition, it includes piano interpretations of a brief section of Franz Schubert’s Andantino from the Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, as well as a fragmented rendition of Manuel de Falla’s Pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas.
Learning the Language (Present Continuous II), 2018
16mm film transferred to video, colour, sound, continuous loop (15:25 min
Learning the Language (Present Continuous II) recreates a scene from Jean-Luc Godard’s film La Chinoise, 1967, in which a professor, traveling on a
train, engages in conversation with one of his students. The same scene was recreated by Claire Denis in her short film Vers Nancy, 2002. In Cesarco’s work the professor’s role is played by Brazilian psychoanalyst, critic and curator, Suely Rolnik and the conversation centres around the role and uses of repetition within psychoanalytical practice.
Untitled (Double), 2018
Archival inkjet print, 34 × 42 cm
A photograph depicting a corner of the artist’s desk. An insistence on locating the artist’s practice as a practice of reading. Another stab at the trope of the studio: as institution, as critique, as perhaps outdated site of production. On the one hand, the title refers to the stacking of books and clippings that are organised in pairs, and speak of the artist’s methodology of resignifying through rearranging, reframing and citation. On the other hand, Untitled (Double) is also the visual echo, the shadow or double, of an earlier work by Cesarco, Untitled (Remembered), 2014.
Margarita’s Music Book (Spes Vitae), 2018
Archival inkjet print, 95 × 119 cm
A photograph of Margarita Fernández’s sheet music for Manuel de Falla’s Pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas. Fernández chose to perform this work for Learning the Language (Present Continuous I). She had never performed the piece publicly, and due to her deteriorating eye-sight, had to exhume it from memory. She describes the work as if the chords are metal curtains that are falling or closing. The theme of finality and death are obviously central to the music; Fernández’s selection of it models the cross-generational acknowledging that occurs (between her and Cesarco) in the video.
Black matte vinyl wall text, 22 x 28 cm
A line from T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, acts as a stage or script direction for an unidentified actor. Written when Eliot was in his twenties but speaking from the place of a middle-aged man, the poem thematises an extreme hesitancy and indecision: a paralysis produced by overwhelming anxiety about the possibility of getting things wrong.