Andra Ursuţa: Joy Revision

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24 Grafton Street, W1S 4EZ, London, UK
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Andra Ursuţa: Joy Revision

to Sat 29 Oct 2022

Artist: Andra Ursuţa

24 Grafton Street, W1S 4EZ Andra Ursuţa: Joy Revision

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm


Opening reception: Thursday 22 September, 6pm-8pm

David Zwirner presents Joy Revision, an exhibition of work by Andra Ursuţa (b. 1979). This is the Romanian-born, New York–based artist’s second solo presentation with the gallery.

The exhibition debuts new photograms and lead crystal sculptures that stem from a premodern conception of art as an essential tool to deal with mortality, loss, and grief. Ursuţa’s photograms, which have been a core element of her practice for many years, engage with the history and technology of photography since the medium’s inception in the 1820s. As early as the 1850s, “ghost photography” rendered pictures that purported to capture unseen, mystical energies and conjure uncanny apparitions, suggesting that the living could commune with the deceased. The photograms and sculptures in the exhibition also reference long-standing art-historical traditions more broadly, ranging from the death mask to depictions of domestic interiors.

The presentation in London follows Ursuţa’s inaugural solo show at the gallery’s Paris location in 2021 and her inclusion in the ongoing 2022 Venice Biennale exhibition The Milk of Dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani.

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