Susan Philipsz's Vernebelt VII, 2016

Susan Philipsz
Vernebelt VII, 2016

Photograph

Chromogenic print mounted on Aludibond behind glass

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Soundtracks at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, featuring recent works by Susan Philipsz.

Susan Philipsz presents Night and Fog (Clarinet), a 12-channel sound piece which continues her series of profound installations inspired by the life and work of composers persecuted during the myriad political crises of the 20th century in Europe and America. Earlier works in the series have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13); K21, Dusseldorf and the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. Night and Fog premiered at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2016 as a 60-channel sound installation spanning several floors of the museum. This ambitious work draws from composer, Hans Eisler’s score for Alain Resnais’ 1955 film, Nuit et brouillard as its point of departure. This seminal film was the first documentary about the Nazi concentration camps. In this 12-channel version, Night and Fog (Clarinet), Philipsz deconstructs Eisler's soundtrack into the individual tones and presents the single voice of the clarinet through a 12-speaker sound installation.

Paired with Night and Fog (Clarinet) is a series of photographs capturing the residue of Philipsz’ breath against glass. These images compose a faceless self-portrait, and render a meditation on the medium of the body, what fills our instruments and how we express our voices. The titles of both works, Vernebelt II - VII, and Night and Fog (Clarinet) allude to the film title, Nuit et Brouillard, (Night and Fog) which is taken from the Nacht und Nebel decree issued by Adolf Hitler in 1941, instructing German forces to imprison or kill alleged political activists without disclosing their whereabouts to relatives. Vernebelt became an expression to describe the obscured fate of those who “vanished”.

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Soundtracks at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, featuring recent works by Susan Philipsz.

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