Reality Check is...
Art and reality
Art is reality and reality is art. Any separation of the two is impossible. Art exists in reality and as part of it. On the one hand, the work of art exists as a concrete statement or object in the world, and on the other hand it is a construction and a piece of fiction. These are the conditions of art.
Why Reality Check?
Reality television, documentary films and the Internet are all a part of our daily lives. We speak about let’s-believe reality, local reality, and unreal reality. For a long time, artists have been interested in how reality is twisted and turned. Reality is a changeable thing. Reproductions of it depend on how stories are angled, who is narrating them, what is told, and what is omitted. This exhibition checked out the realities of art, while art checked out ours.
The works in the exhibition had been selected in relation to three different categories, all deriving from the concept of reality. The three categories are as follows: docufication, re-enactment, and the re-contextualisation of the object. The boundaries between them are fluid, however, and some works belong in all three categories.