Dara Friedman, Shooting Gallery, 18 December 2009, 6 p.m., performance, NUMBER THREE: HERE AND NOW, JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION, Duesseldorf

On the night of 18 December 2009 the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION in Duesseldorf became the stage for “Shooting Gallery“, a performance by Dara Friedman in which visitors were invited to walk an orange carpet and photographers were invited to photograph them.

Unsuspecting spectators were led to a large gallery laid out with a long orange carpet delineating a direct path from entrance to exit. Once the doors closed behind them, the only way out for the visitor was through the gauntlet of photographers shouting their names and firing shots and compliments. Some chose to pose, some fled, a handful wallowed, one cried, yet others grinned and bore it, most basked in the glow. The orange path led into the light- into the bright unknown and the exit.
In fact there were no spectators, per se. Everyone became a participant in the performance. The spectators were the show. Any potential wallflowers trying to evade the spotlight and move towards the periphery became part of the cat calling photographers instead, sucked into the momentum of the pack.

The project plays upon the conflicting circumstances of fear of the unknown, bright lights, loud noises, and at the same time an attraction to light and the future. Friedman envisions this performance as a fleeting encounter, a flash of lightning- showing a moment clearly. A moment in which we summon our powers of presentness, of being the light at which moths fly, and the melting that occurs in the heat of this moment.

“Shooting Gallery“ proposes a situation of turning to face a fear as the way to pass through it. Chin up, tits out, come what may. As the door shuts behind them, the performers are forced to face the music, to gamely put their best face forward.

Participating photographers: Laurenz Berges, Lars Beuse, Christoph Beyer, Joan Braun, Sarah Bruckner, Henning Fehr, Dara Friedman, Stefan Hostettler, Andreas Gursky, Mark Handforth, Dora Moira Hansen, Stefan Hoderlein, Anna K.E., Luka Kurashvili, Sandro Kurashvili, Stanislava Kovalcikova, Achim Kukulies, Yun Lee, Tammo Lünemann, Kaoli Mashio, Burkhard Maus, Klaus Mettig, Ward Ivan Rafik, Sebastian Riemer, Carolina Redondo, Thomas Ruff, Josef Schultz, Liv Schwenk, Katharina Sieverding, Orson Sieverding, Georgi Stanchev, Melanie Stegemanns, Dorothea Stiegemann, Christine Thon, Karsten Thormaehlen, Sabine Voltz, Victoria Wald.

DARA FRIEDMAN - www.shootinggallery.cc - is online! A selection of the photo collages had been on view for a few months in the lounge of the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION from Saturday, 27 February 2010.


27.10.2009    Andrea Fraser
27.11.2009    Marina Abramović, Eunhye Hwang, Ragnar Kjartansson, Nico Vascellari
28.11.2009    WW in concert
12.12.2009    Andrea Zittel
18.12.2009    Dara Friedman
09.01.2010    Xavier Le Roy
22.01.2010    Bert Didillon, Stefan Ettlinger, Andreas Korte, Cornelius Quabeck, Sven Vieweg
06.02.2010    Christian Jankowski
27.02.2010    Jérôme Bel, Eva Meyer-Keller
13.03.2010    Sharon Hayes
26.03.2010    Keren Cytter, Michalis Nicolaides, Annette Sonnewend & Michael Strasser (Cie. Agar Agar)
09.04.2010    Jimmy Robert, Saskia de Keyser, Emma Hedditch, Ian White
24.04.2010    Jen DeNike
14.05.2010    Manuel Graf
28.05.2010    Joan Jonas
05.06.2010    Tino Sehgal
12.06.2010    Tino Sehgal
18.06.2010    Tris Vonna-Michell
19.06.2010    Tino Sehgal
26.06.2010    Tino Sehgal
03.07.2010    Allora & Calzadilla
10.07.2010    Allora & Calzadilla
16.07.2010    Simon Fujiwara
17.07.2010    Allora & Calzadilla
24.07.2010    Allora & Calzadilla
29.07.2010    John Bock

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