|Rachel de Joode, The Imaginary Order, unique print, 2012|
|In the Project Space, Pari Nadimi Gallery is pleased to present Pics or it didn’t happen, a group exhibition including works by Rachel de Joode (Berlin), Felix Kalmenson (Toronto), Adriana Ramić (Los Angeles), David Hanes (Baltimore), Elliot Vredenburg (Los Angeles), and Elle Kurancid (Toronto). This show is curated by Toronto-based writer, maker, and activist Sarah Friend.
The phrase Pics or it didn’t happen began in web forums as a response to an outlandish or dubious claim like, “Duuuude. Last night I met Miley Cyrus and she twerked on me.” Response: “Pics or it didn’t happen.” Such an exchange is a reminder that our culture equates photos with proof (a flawed proposition).
This is an exhibition of art documentation photos—the digital traces that remain after an exhibition, the self-made archive—presented in place of art itself. But inPics or it didn’t happen, the art “documented” does not exist. Various artists explore this conundrum and its ramifications, both in and outside of this exhibition, and the art world.
Rachel de Joode has a solo exhibition opening at Neumeister Bar-Am (Berlin) in February, and another at SWG3 (Glasgow) in June. She is the founder and art-director of Meta Magazine. Felix Kalmenson completed the residency at ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics (Berlin) in fall 2013. His solo exhibition HLS-F71, opened in January at The New Gallery (Calgary). Adriana Ramić received her BFA from the University of California (San Diego) in 2011. Her recent projects include Craigslist-Assisted Readymade at Stadium (New York) and Architects of Gamma Bad at Sunhoo Industrial Design Park (Fuyang, China). David Hanes received his BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (Toronto) in 2013. His solo exhibition David Hanes: Aware, opens in April at Birch Contemporary (Toronto). Elliot Vredenburg is currently an MA candidate at the California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles). He is a member of the Toronto collective Workparty, whose project The Little People was installed at Toronto City Hall for Nuit Blanche in fall 2013. Elle Kurancid exhibited in Reputations, a two-person show at Pari Nadimi Gallery in fall 2013. She will start an MA at Goldsmiths (London) in September. Sarah Friend organizes an interdisciplinary lecture series called Small Talk (Toronto, 2012-3). Her research interests include modernism, utopian politics/aesthetics, and human-computer interaction.