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David Lamelas: A New Refutation of Time
Text by David Lamelas, Bartomeu Marí, Dirk Snauwaert, Heike Ander, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Raúl Escari, Lynda Morris.
In the catalogue David Lamelas: A New Refutation of Time, as in the 1997 exhibition it accompanied, focus is drawn on the development of Lamelas’ work from the early 60s to the mid-70s. During this period, the notion of time appears in numerous works that explore the possibilities of literary and cinematographic fiction in the visual arts. For Lamelas, the dialectic relations between a static and a moving image intensify the perception of reality like in a narrative construction. The exhibition aimed to rediscover one of the founders of an artistic practice that questions institutions, the status of art and the art market, and that connects the reality of the image with analytical questioning and poetic perception. By rounding up the information on the unprecedented initiators of what is considered a self-evident artistic practice, the volume is intended to broaden and deepen the discussion on the renewed role of art today.