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Review: Jimmy Robert at Art 38 Basel

by Christabel Stewart on 13 June 2007

'A curious dichotomy of alienation and belonging.' SHOWstudio caught artist Jimmy Robert's performance at Galerie Diana Stigter, Art Statements, Art Basel 38, 13-17 June 2007.

'A curious dichotomy of alienation and belonging.' SHOWstudio caught artist Jimmy Robert's performance at Galerie Diana Stigter, Art Statements, Art Basel 38, 13-17 June 2007.

A barometer of market-driven taste Art 38 Basel was sandwiched between the openings of the 52nd International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Documenta 12 and Skulptur Projekte Münster 07, that happened across sites in Venice, Basel, Kassel and Münster this July. One of the most interesting performative happenings was at Galerie Diana Stigter, daily, three times a day Jimmy Robert made a performance in the gallery booth, which was specially divided through the middle to incorporate his bodily and filmic interventions.

Working across the mediums of photography, performance, and film, Robert's installation offers a fluid conversation between elements that present ideas on the instability of representation. His performance took on the body as material, specifically as a means of creating composition, and as a place on which image can be made - film overlaid on figure. Robert inserts his own presence into the installation of found imagery which he has distorted and represented, suggesting his presence communicates a curious dichotomy of alienation and belonging.

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