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3. FIONA BANNER & PETER VOSS-KNUDE | SIDE STEP: PIO ABAD
07.10.17 – 02.12.17
Opening: 07.10.17 from 17:30

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An affinity for the semiotics of conflict becomes immediately apparent in Last Tango’s fourth exhibition: Fiona Banner with her longstanding use of found and transformed military aircraft to examine the ways in which conflict is mythologised through popular culture and Peter Voss-Knude with his work that musically relates to the life of the soldier. The material and the human aspects of conflict are juxtaposed wherein typically masculine iconographies are sampled and reified into forms and constellations that are of a sensuous nature. Another cornerstone of the exhibition is language with both artists exploring the bewilderment of non-understanding and the complexity of the spoken and written word: how it serves us, be it through the flow of pop lyrics or the playfulness of sculptural full stops. The expressive potential of the body is yet another motif made manifest through the uniform of the pinstripe, a body armour, a jockstrap, or a pair of breasts.

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FIONA BANNER
Boob/ks

The constant conflict between words and their meaning is central to Fiona Banner’s conceptual approach, which utilises drawing, sculpture, installation and film. Her use of military aircraft juxtaposes the brutal and the humorous in her exploration of how historical events become fictionalised over time. Often working between the intersection of word and image, Banner has a long running imprint The Vanity Press through which she playfully publishes not only books and posters but also unique objects and performances.

PETER VOSS-KNUDE
The Male Version of A Sports Bra

Danish artist Peter Voss-Knude is the first artist ever to have written a pop music record in collaboration with an army. The thematic of the songs range from a young mans first kill, to wanting to go back to war, to the difficulty of addressing love between men. These controversial topics, not commonly and openly voiced by the soldier, are what the artist seeks to unfold.

PIO ABAD
Pampangueña (A Working Biography)

Pio Abad presents new unique digital prints on silk as part of his ongoing series Pampangueña (A Working Biography). Since 2012 Abad has been using the scarf as a surface for depicting alternative or repressed histories of power. In this work Abad exhibits a series of portraits of the actress and activist Jane Fonda.

Last Tango would like to thank the following for their annual support and/or their specific contribution to this show: Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Stadt Zürich Kultur, Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Stanley Johnson Foundation, Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art, Danish Arts Foundation, Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim-Stiftung and Georges und Jenny Bloch Stiftung.

 

3. FIONA BANNER & PETER VOSS-KNUDE
SIDE STEP: PIO ABAD

07.10.17 – 02.12.17
Eröffnung: 07.10.17, ab 17:30 Uhr

In der vierten Ausstellung von Last Tango ist ein Hang zur Semiotik des Konflikts sofort erkennbar: Fiona Banner arbeitet schon seit geraumer Zeit mit gefundenen oder umgestalteten Militärflugzeugen anhand derer sie die Mythologisierung von Konflikten in der Popkultur erforscht; die Arbeit von Peter Voss-Knude wiederum setzt sich auf musikalische Weise mit dem Soldatenleben auseinander. Die Ausstellung zeigt sowohl die materiellen, als auch menschlichen Aspekte von Krieg. Typisch männliche Ikonografien werden unter die Lupe genommen und in verschiedene Formen und Konstellationen übertragen. Ein weiterer Eckpfeiler der Ausstellung ist Sprache: beide Künstler erkunden die Verwirrungen des Nichtverstehens und die Vielschichtigkeit und Nützlichkeit des geschriebenen und gesprochenen Worts; sei es in Form von Liedtexten oder der Verspieltheit von skulpturalen Satzzeichen. Ein weiteres zentrales Motiv ist das expressive Potential des Körpers, das anhand von Nadelstreifenuniformen, Schutzwesten, Genitalschutz oder Brüsten dargestellt wird.   

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Last Tango bedankt sich herzlich bei den folgenden Institutionen für ihre jährliche Unterstützung und/oder ihrer besonderen Mitwirkung an dieser Ausstellung:

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