10 DECEMBER 2010 - 23 JANUARY 2011
NETTIE HORN is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition by the Berlin based artist Oliver Pietsch featuring his new 41 minute-long film entitled “From Here to Eternity".
Developed through filmic montage, Oliver Pietsch’s films are marked by a solid archival testimony to cinematic and audiovisual culture. From old films to more recent ones, from documentary to independent cinema through to Hollywood block-busters, the artist plays around with fictional re-interpretations, intrinsically creating a new narrative. The themes of these montages often take on an obscure exploration of human emotions and psychological torments. There is no discourse or critical posture: the artist offers a dreamlike space where each one is free to navigate in his own way, and leaving his own feelings and narrations emerge.
Pietsch’s latest film “From Here to Eternity” explores
the theme of death in the history of cinema; the artist addresses with
a hint of humour the idea of immortality interpreted by actors through
the course of time. The film is composed of three chapters inviting
the viewer to step into a mental wandering, and provoking feelings
of recognition and empathy that ultimately lead to narrative re-interpretations
rooted in our personal concerns. While the first chapter centres on
the physical implications of death such as the “last breath” and
other inflicted and external violence, the second chapter explores
a much more introspective and contemplative side devoted to the fear
of death and the irrepressible emotions associated with it. The third
and final chapter however naturally progresses to explore the notions
relating to the realm of the afterlife and the metaphorical visions
of heaven, hell and any intermediary state.
Oliver Pietsch was born in 1972 in Germany. He lives
and works in Berlin.
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