Taking place in an old town house called Villa Renata, the works shown in Villa Incognito have been developed site specifically by the artists in collaboration with Deli Projects. Villa Incognito includes installation, video, performance, dance and live music. Ten years ago, American author Tom Robbins published «Villa Incognito», the bizarre and tangled tale of a group of soldiers who go missing in action. They build themselves a gaudy villa, their refuge from the unbearable reality of the Vietnam War. Deli Projects named its exhibition at ∑, the exhibition of Basel’s independent art spaces, after the house these tragi-comic anti-heroes built for themselves. Deli Projects united an old town house, including its cellar and garden, with Icelandic performance, video and installation artist Unnur Andrea Einarsdóttir, Lausanne-based collage and installation artist Maya Rochat, contemporary dancer and choreographer Bastien Hippocrate of La Chaux-de-Fonds, and local installation artist and theatre director Boris Nikitin. The works of these four very different artists have been installed throughout Villa Renata. The preponderance of video in the resulting mix was a happy coincidence, while other commonalities were deliberately introduced to create cohesion. Einarsdóttir’s multifaceted work It’s there but it isn’t oscillates between individual and shared perception of so-called facts. Rochat takes us into her own private universe - A Plastic Tool, a mysterious collage of both fiction and reality. Hippocrate generates a convoluted reality with Peeper/looted glass where the viewer is positioned as a voyeur of the artist’s intimate interior. This perspective is echoed in Nikitin’s Asylo Aniaton Athen with its singular setting of a hospice, vibrating between authenticity and falsehood, earnestness and subversion. Each artist raises his own questions about the representation of reality, and we find our comparisons falling short, serving merely as a sketch to help you in your first encounter of Villa Incognito.
Ausstellungsansicht Boris Nikitin @ Nic Gysin, Deli Projects, Video © Deli Projects, Daniel Wernli
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