For Living Room, Deborah Joyce Holman’s largest solo exhibition to date, the artist centres their attention on the anti-spectacular. Building on their previous works’ explorations of the durational, this presentation engages non-performance and minimal narrative structure in newly commissioned moving image works installed across the rooms of Kunsthalle Bern.
Operating through the lens of film, the artist manipulates interior and the exterior worlds and their material articulations, bringing them into sharp focus through stagings of the mundane. Traditionally, these scenes are deployed as transitional and contextual.
Living Room deploys refusal as a tactic to move from the traps of storytelling through a moving image disavowal of the spectacular-bio-explicatory-climactic-narrative-developmentalist-apparatus. Here, waiting is staged as a casting that never finds its own resolution.