New YorkSam Heydt: Side Effects
SACI Gallery presents Side Effects, a solo exhibition by social practice and recycled media artist Sam Heydt.
Working across different media- film, video, installation, photography, sculpture, sound and text, Heydt presents an abstract proposition for a world on the periphery of history, one that not only appears haunted by the ghosts of the past, but built on it. Heydt’s layered imagery conflate time and place, colliding and merging generations of possibilities, and disrupting logical relationships between occurrences. Through her unique manner of expression, she presents a world exploited beyond use and increasingly reduced to a bottom line, one marked by mass extinction, product fetishism, diminishing resources, and patented seeds. The uncertainties and inevitabilities of which are drowned out by the the white noise of the media and the empty promises it proposes for the future it truncates. Combining images of destruction with portrayals of the virtues born from the American Dream, Heydt confronts the disillusionment of our time with the ecological and existential nightmare it is responsible for.
Sam Heydt is an American social practice and recycled media artist from New York City. Although currently residing in Vienna, Heydt has lived/worked in Paris, Venice, Amsterdam, Athens, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Reykjavík and Rajasthan. Her academic career traversed Parsons School of Design, The New School, Cooper Union, University of Amsterdam, Universidad of Buenos Aires and La Sorbonne. In her practice, she works across a spectrum of different mediums- film, photography, video installations, sound, mixed-media, text — and employs a range of materials often reinventing or trespassing their associative use. Esteemed as one of the pioneers of the recycled media movement, Heydt’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and art fairs worldwide
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