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Galleria Continua Beijing


Installation view of 'Fin de Partie' exhibition

Kendell Geers
Installation view of 'Fin de Partie' exhibition, Mixed media ,
Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Continua

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Kendell Geers at Galleria Continua Beijing

'Fin de Partie' is not only a tribute to Samuel Beckett’s play of the same title, but also refers to the endgame in chess, when very few pieces are left and each move might result in one player putting the other in a position of checkmate, thereby bringing the game to an end. The starting point for the exhibition is the idea of a post-ideological, post-utopian, melancholic state of being. What is left of the grand political ambitions of the previous century? What is the role of art in this post-post-post capitalist society?

The fundamental concept of dystopia and the notion of reverse engineering are the main concerns which guided the artist’s creative process during his engagement with China, and are reflected in this corpus of new art works in terms of both politics and production. Apocalyptic images such as broken glass, tall towers of burned drums based on Tibetan prayer wheels, flames and fires, are the leitmotifs of this exhibition. Geers has visually, and in some cases literally, written his own dystopic pamphlet.

19 March 2011 - 26 June 2011