Amerika

Kirsten Houser - Amerika
Kirsten Houser - Amerika, 2013

Exhibition exploring the different ways in which America is viewed and thought of by non-Americans.

8 January - 14 February 2014

America has from its inception had a powerful mythic pull for the world beyond it. America, as well as being a place, is a heady, swirling abstraction of ideas, fantasies, dreams and myths, forms of the imaginary which belong no less to the world than to Americans. 

Our America (we who are not Americans) invokes fierce partisan emotions, and draws us here and there in our relation to our own circumstances as well as the reality of the United States, better and worse. This America, the America of the rest of the world, has been, and continues to be, a material and drive for tremendous cultural production.

Amerika, the exhibition, is a reflection or refraction of the vision of America belonging to the rest of the world, through artwork understood in a broad sense, largely presented in various forms of reproduction. 

Amerika takes the form of the ever inchoate ways that we find our Americas, like every relation of desire: always becoming; provisional; teasing us with a sense of a totality that is ever just around the corner and never quite present.

Organised by Alasdair Duncan, Jack Lovell and Mike Merkenschlager.

Artists

Bas Jan Ader, Fiona Banner, Sam Basu, Christian Boltanski, Maurizio Cattelan, Thomson and Craighead, Dexter Dalwood, Alasdair Duncan, Kyoko Ebata, Yergenis Fiks, Isa Genzken, Florencia Guillen, Douglas Gordon, Richard Hamilton, Hergé, Kirsten Houser, Vanessa Jackson, Franz Kafka, Martin Kippenberger, Jack Lovell, Tatsuo Majima, Mike Merkenschlager, Aleksandra Mir, Simon Morris, Eduardo Paolozzi, Esther Planas, Rebecca Partridge, Dieter Roth, Annelies Strba, Angus Sanders Dunnachie, Maria Thurn und Taxis, William Tuck, Matthew Verdon, Magdalena Wisniowska, Tirdad Zolghardr.