Fantasy and social realism

Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno’s first solo exhibition in a public institution in the UK was conceived as a scripted space in which a series of events unfolds. The visitor is guided through the galleries by the orchestration of sound and image.

25 Nov 2010 to 13 Feb 2011
Serpentine Gallery / Exhibition
Admission Free

Noise from Kensington Gardens and from the surrounding streets can be heard inside the gallery, as though the outside is leaking in. The blinds come up to reveal a sudden change of weather. Taking the exhibition as a medium, Parreno seeks to redefine the exhibition experience by exploring its possibilities as a coherent ‘object’ rather than a collection of individual works.

The show features the UK premiere of Parreno’s latest film, Invisibleboy (2010), the story of an illegal Chinese immigrant boy who sees imaginary monsters (scratched directly onto the film stock). In this filmic portrait, fantasy and social realism, fiction and documentary overlap. June 8, 1968 (2009) recalls the train voyage that transported the corpse of assassinated senator Robert Kennedy from New York to Washington D.C. Kennedy’s invisible body and the Invisibleboy are characters that float between several layers of reality. Set in Asia, The Boy from Mars (2003) follows dimming points of light and reflections of the sun, before lingering on buffalo tied to a purpose-built structure containing an electricity-generating machine that provides the power required to make the film.

Whether through the cinematic image or the exhibition itself, Parreno explores and manipulates contemporary signs in all of their hallucinatory reality.

 

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Image Credits

Featured image
Artist
Philippe Parreno
Year
Title of work
June 8, 1968
Credit(s)
2010

Philippe Parreno, film still (25 November 2010- 13 February 2011)

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Image courtesy
Courtesy of Pilar Corrias Ltd

Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno

The Boy From Mars, 2003

2011
Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (25 November 2010 – 13 February 2011)

Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno

The Boy From Mars, 2003

2011
Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (25 November 2010 – 13 February 2011)

Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno

2010
Invisibleboy, 2010
Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (25 November 2010 – 13 February 2011)

Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno

2010
June 8, 1968, 2009
Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (25 November 2010 – 13 February 2011) © 2010 Gautier Deblonde

Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno

2010
June 8, 1968, 2009
Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (25 November 2010 – 13 February 2011)

Philippe Parreno 25 Nov 2010 to 13 Feb 2011 at Serpentine Gallery

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