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22 Oct 2018

WKV Stuttgart: Imogen Stidworthy. Dialogues with People

© Imogen Stidworthy 2018, Courtesy the artist and Matt's Gallery, London.

Imogen Stidworthy. Dialogues with People
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart


Duration of the exhibition: October 27, 2018 - January 13, 2019 Press Conference: October 26, 2018, 11 a.m. // Opening Reception: October 26, 2018, 7 p.m. Opening Hours: Tue, Thu–Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wed: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


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Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Schlossplatz 2 / Eingang Stauffenbergstrasse
70173 Stuttgart

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Imogen Stidworthy. Dialogues with People
October 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Opening: October 26, 2018, 7 p.m.

An exhibition by
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
in cooperation with
Netwerk Aalst

Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler, Katia Krupennikova


Württembergischer Kunstverein is proud to announce that from October 27, 2018 to January 13, 2019, it will host the first solo exhibition in Germany by the British video and film artist Imogen Stidworthy (*1963).

With her installations and films, Stidworthy asks how social relationship takes shape when words fail, are unstable, or absent. What other forms of meaning and communication emerge at the borders of language?

Stidworthy's work grapples with the impossibility of glimpsing language from the outside. She works with people whose relationship with language is radically affected by training or staging the voice, or by a condition such as aphasia or autism. Through encounters on the level of the interpersonal, her work resonates with ideas and experiences of difference on the wider scale of sociocultural conditions.

The exhibition focuses on nine video installations produced over the past twenty years, alongside new work. They involve close personal exchanges with figures such as Belgian wiretap analyst Sacha van Loo (Sacha, 2011), the Korean shaman Sun-deok (Speaking in the Voices of Different Gods, 2012/18), and Iris Johansson, a Swedish therapist and writer who is autistic and was nonverbal until the age of twelve. These works share a preoccupation with different forms of voicing, in relation to our sense of self and our connection to others. They sound the spaces between voice, speech, and somatic languages, and the uncertainty of sharing a common ground.

The exhibition proposes a new form for presenting media works in which sound and video installations are staged successively. Between exhibition, concert, and cinema screening, a specially created choreography of around one hundred minutes leads the visitor from work to work, around the space. This three-dimensional montage generates new relationships between the individual works which each visitor will experience in a different way, depending on when she or he enters the exhibition.


Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Schlossplatz 2
70173 Stuttgart