Phantasmagoria: Creepy art exhibit at Honolulu Contemporary Museum
Posted On October 31, 2007
Just heard about this on the radio and it sounds amazing! One piece by a Colombian artist requires the viewer to breathe on mirrors to make the faces of missing persons become visible. Another work by a Mexican artist features a group of humidifiers – the artist sends the water from Mexico… water used to wash bodies in morgues!
Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, brings together 13 international artists including Christian Boltanski, Jim Campbell, Michel Delacroix, Laurent Grasso, upcoming 02art4 artist Jeppe Hein, TCM collection artist William Kentridge, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Teresa Margolles, Oscar Muñoz, Julie Nord, Rosângela Rennó, and Regina Silveira who use ephemeral means in their work such as fog, reflection, shadows, and vapors. The exhibition title refers to 18th-and 19th-century entertainments created by “magic lanterns” and rear-screen shadow projections. These precursors of the modern film projector were used to stage dancing specters and other frightening theatrical effects for their audiences. The exhibition draws on this rich theatrical tradition to reframe questions of absence and loss, death and the afterlife around contemporary issues.