Goldfish Suddenly Dead

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GOLDFISH SUDDENLY DEAD | April 3rd – May 3rd 2009 | Opening April 2nd 2009 |Extra City Centre for Contemporary Art, Antwerp 

XYZ present the group exhibition Goldfish Suddenly Dead, at Extra City Centre for Contemporary Art, Antwerp. The exhibition includes works by Dirk BraeckmanT.S. EliotJan Fabre, Boris GroysVassilis KaroukMark MandersPoka-YioLucas SamarasGregor Schneider, Vello Vinn, and Eva Vretzaki.

Goldfish Suddenly Dead is a short story about loss: actual, remembered or projected. Yet, death itself – the definitive loss – is neither exalted in this exhibition as a figure nor revered as an icon, but rather humbly present as an unviewed, unspoken rhythm.

XYZ are pursuing their preoccupation with the politics of the personal – the individual coming up against insurmountable dead-ends. Every feeling of smallness, emptiness and powerlessness of the self against the weight of experience is addressed through a brief series of poetic, ironic, and occasionally harsh episodes, within a narrative built into the exhibition space, an experiential environment that will take the viewer from darkness to light and back into darkness. This exhibition is interested in loss and absence as a private, absolutely personal process of facing the inevitabilities of demise; a constant, ongoing fact of life, a life that is composed of small yet crushing realisations – like the child who walks full of anticipation into the bedroom to find its goldfish, having twisted and writhed on the floor for hours in its keeper’s absence, lying in a small puddle, suddenly dead.

Hosted by Extra City | Co-produced by Vidisquare and the Athens Biennale Non – Profit Organisation

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