By SARA CWYNAR
Curated by SARA DOLFI AGOSTINI
Thursday 11th July
7:00PM – Guided walkthrough with the artist and curator
8:00PM – Exhibition opening + drinks at the Blitz Bar
Exhibition dates: 12 July – 27 September 2019
Open times: Tuesday – Friday: 1.00 – 6.00pm, Saturday: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Blitz, 68 St Lucia Street, Valletta
The good life is what we long for. Pursuit of the good life feeds our habitats and identities, from personal desires to political stances and commercial culture. It inspires future visions and filters images of the past. Sara Cwynar’s practice across photography, collage and film toggles between different epochs and aesthetics, revealing how the quest for the good life has been driven by evolving ideals, values, and taste. Exploring the backbone of iconographies and clichés, where common constructs meet reassuring conventions, she tackles the critical concept of visual truth and deciphers an entangled reality of pictures and algorithms. By remixing the old and the new, Cwynar creates a timeless and indelible reservoir of upfront, non hierarchical images that resist the internet, the primary source of visual knowledge and experience in the XXI century.
This exhibition is a survey of the artist’s practice from 2013, when she decided to mostly work inside the studio, until the present. Sara Cwynar has published two books – Kitsch Encyclopedia (Blonde Art Books, 2014) and Pictures of Pictures (Printed Matter, 2014). She has exhibited in international museums and institutions, such as the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA (2019), the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2018), the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, USA (2018), the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2017), the MoMA PS1, Queens, NY, USA (2015/16). She also conceived two original covers for the New York Times Magazine, and she is currently working on a commission for the MoMA, New York, USA, due to reopen in October 2019.