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Hannah Dawn Henderson

The Ongoing Conversation #1.1

But, Actually, What I Meant Was...

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14/01/2014 –
– 30/11

The Ongoing Conversation offered a series of fast-paced one-day exhibitions, conceived as a dialogue rather than a series of isolated events. During three weeks the exhibition spaces became a stage for orchestrated ambiguity, paradox, spectatorship and theatricality. From Melville to Wikipedia, from post-colonial questions to universal issues as love and death; all of this were explored and performed in six mini solo-exhibition events.

Featuring a range of international artists, each exhibition was complemented with an invited guest who lectured, performed or participated.

This project was the outcome of a collaboration between 1646 and the Master Artistic Research, The Hague.

The solo exhibition of Hannah Dawn Henderson is concerned with the quietly performative qualities of reading and writing. The works will examine questions of authorship and appropriation, as well as reflecting upon more poetic themes such as presence, absence and distance. By positioning private and intimate narratives within a public context, the works seek to highlight the ambiguity of verbal and non-verbal expressions. Shifting between the sentimental to the absurd, the sincere to the sarcastic, the exhibition also touched on notions of autobiography, story-telling, mundanity and faux intellect.

The exhibition was accompanied by a guest lecture from artist and Zoldermuseum director Iva Supic.

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