BANG!BANG! is a solo exhibition to be read as an installation piece. It centers around the notion of “cowboy & indian” games kids play, and the (pop)cultural appearances of these fictional characters. The memory of childhood play and its effects are questioned in regard to role-playing and decision-making.
Addressing the overriding and suggestive place these characters have in our global psyche, very little of it good, mostly detrimental even bad, framed and framing as the other of a ‘we and them’ and/or ‘us versus them’, or more violently as the savage versus the civilized.
Further down the page you will find a registration of the talk during the opening with psychiatrist Glenn Helberg (video in Dutch) and the talk during the closing event with curator Sebastian Rypson from Anthropologists in Art (audio in English) o.a. reviewing the screening of the documentary “Searching for Winnetou” by Drew Hayden Taylor.
artists: Raul Balai
location: Galerie 23, The Netherlands
on view: February – March 2018
artworks: Sstripes & Sstars
BANG!BANG! (shown below)
DUPLIC8 (shown below)