Silvia Kolbowski

Silvia Kolbowski: After Hiroshima Mon Amour



May 30, 2020

May 30, 2020 12:00 PM

Join Gallery 44 for an online screening of Silvia Kolbowski’s 2008 video After Hiroshima Mon Amour, followed by a conversation with art historian Mignon Nixon. After Hiroshima Mon Amour is part of Kolbowski’s solo exhibition A Few Howls Again, currently set to open in Gallery 44’s main space and vitrines later this year. Co-presented with the Images Festival.

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“In the video work After Hiroshima Mon Amour, Kolbowski’s refracted re-interpretation of Alain Resnais and Marguerite Duras’s 1959 feature film Hiroshima Mon Amour, the continuum between eroticisim and violence is told dialogically by actors playing romantic couples, and through scenes of political abjection compiled from footage of the American invasion of Iraq and the effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Kolbowski’s Hiroshima is a study of film’s capacity to move between the scale of the interpersonal and the seismically political. It addresses both the imaginative and political capacity of cinema and the limitations of our interactions with technologies of vision.”
-- Jared Quinton, Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe, Magdalyn Asimakis

Read the curator's full exhibition essay here.

Silvia Kolbowski is a time-based media artist who addresses questions of historicization, political resistance, and the unconscious. The structures of spectatorship — psychical and political — are a central concern of all her projects. Her work has been exhibited in many contexts, including The Taipei Biennial, The Whitney Biennial, and The Hammer Museum.

Mignon Nixon is an American academic. She serves as the Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at University College London in London, United Kingdom.

Gallery 44 previously screened Kolbowski's video work That Monster: An Allegory (2018) which was followed by the artist in conversation with curator Jared Quinton. Their conversation can be viewed here


Image: Silvia Kolbowski, After Hiroshima Mon Amour, video/16 mm b+w film; 22:14, 2008.