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With works by Rachel Ashton, Emma Rosenzweig, John Hussain Flindt, Paul Haas, Gabriel Possamai.

10 June to 9 July 2022

Sleepwalking is the sixth and final exhibition in the Goethe-Institut's programme The German School.

Lift, lift, lift, lift up to that oh-so-high floor from which, each morning, everybody else seems to come down, chattering as they do about its strange changing shapes, its sensationless evocation of what the boring call the void and the others call the other. It is not what it looks like. It is not even a room. It is a figment, but not a figment of your self, not a jigsaw piece found under the sofa or stuck between your two front teeth. This figment swallows you whole, and has the appetite for more. And it walks, or rather, it drifts, or rather, it moves. And you must move with it, you who are not you anymore, but are rather a part that makes the sum. So no more worthless offerings, no more words to weld your thoughts with. Your thoughts are not yours anymore, let alone your words. To attend to your duties this night, we require your simplicity. You need only walk as you always have done, do your best to forget any sense of your ownness, keep your mouth shut. You need only look and listen. And you need only be swallowed, falling further and further down.

Rachel Ashton’s film Living too Late, which screens in the Goethe Institut’s Auditorium, is situated in the small seaside village of Borth, in Mid Wales. The film witnesses the complex relationships of the coastal environment and the people who live amongst it, and is centred around the complex relationship of Ted and Graham, two ageing punk rockers bound by friendship amid sometimes difficult circumstances.

Emma Rosenzweig presents a film titled The Period, alongside a series of drawings. The work is a film collage derived from archival animated material from Disney’s 1946 educational film The Story of Menstruation, alongside audio material from The Exorcist, 1973. Combined with four related drawings, the project addresses the convoluted and ambivalent legacies of gender across the films we grew up watching.

John Hussain Flindt presents a series of prints made by placing sheets of analogue photographic paper directly under pages of the British political satire magazine Punch, creating inverted copies of its contents – illustrations which were printed at the time of the 1857 Indian Rebellion. Combining images of empire with alchemical darkroom techniques the work considers a western history of image production and representation, in relation to a universal social history and the construction of identity.

Paul Haas’s work Prabon Greenfields is an analogue photographic series recently taken in Kumasi, Ghana. Prabon Greenfields is the name of a gated community where Haas arrived unannounced at the security gate with a camera and a roll of film. He was permitted to wander through the gated community documenting the infrastructure. He suspects the access was granted because of his Western-European accent and appearance. The series of prints presented here are evidence of that process.

Gabriel Possamai uses the quote “A man occasionally finds something that another man has been actively and desperately seeking for his entire life”, from Jack Vance’s 1966 novel The Eyes of The Overworld, to introduce questions of value, and of chance into artistic practice. For sleepwalking he presents a series of collages made out of various fragile and disposable materials, which are presented as an archive of collecting, and collaging.
  • "Living too Late" (2022) by Rachel Ashton © Goethe-Institut Irland
    "Living too Late" (2022) by Rachel Ashton
  • "The Period" (2022) by Emma Rosenzweig © Goethe-Institut Irland
    "The Period" (2022) by Emma Rosenzweig
  • Collage by Gabriel Possamai © Goethe-Institut Irland
    Collage by Gabriel Possamai
  • Print by John Hussain Flindt © Goethe-Institut Irland
    Print by John Hussain Flindt
  • "Prabon Greenfields" (2022) by Paul Haas © Goethe-Institut Irland
    "Prabon Greenfields" (2022) by Paul Haas
  • Print by John Hussain Flindt © Goethe-Institut Irland
    Print by John Hussain Flindt
  • "White Blood" (2022) by Emma Rosenzweig © Goethe-Institut Irland
    "White Blood" (2022) by Emma Rosenzweig


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