The Second Act

group exhibition

Exhibition poster design.


Thursday 8 September 2011, 19:00

8 September 2013 – 11 September 2011

De Brakke Grond
Nes 45, 1012KD Amsterdam, Netherlands

press text

Photography and performance embrace during The Second Act, a four day festival initiated by Time to Meet, an international platform for contemporary artists, and curated by Chris Clarke. The festival brings together over forty artists in a lively program of performance, screenings and discussions, alongside an extensive exhibition throughout the entirety of de Brakke Grond.

The title of the festival refers to the theatrical concept of the three-act play. The middle section stays unresolved, allowing the narrative to go in any direction. Things can take a drastic turn, without warning or notice, and it is this moment that The Second Act seeks to capture, to extend and to explore.

The Second Act investigates the intersections between photography and performance. It questions how performance can be captured through the intervention of the camera, and how the live action can say something fundamental about the potentials and pitfalls of photographic documentation. The Second Act treats photography as a live practice and as a medium that is never permanently captured in a still image.