Messages from the Unseen. Matthew Buckingham, Joachim Koester
30 September - 26 November 2006
Matthew Buckingham (born 1963 in Iowa, USA) and Joachim Koester (born 1962 in
Copenhagen, Denmark) are frequently seen on the international art scene. Lund
Konsthall now offers audiences in Sweden a first comprehensive selection of their
Both artists allow themselves to become fascinated by history and literature.
They have both worked with photography, film, video and text. They have a lively
interest in the conceptual development of art. They pay much attention to visuality,
but don't take anything for granted about how pictures tell stories.
Matthew Buckingham and Joachim Koester share a motivation to test the relation
between art and the narratives that exist outside, around and behind images.
How much background information do artists want to show in their images? Can
these images even become a background for information?
The exhibition consists of film and slide installations and series of photographs
with accompanying texts. It becomes a speculative investigation, through both
image and text, of what happens between the seen and the unseen, the outspoken
and the unspoken. Its title was borrowed from a spine in the library at the College
of Psychic Research in London, an awe-inspiring collection of obscure literature.
Two illustrated books are published for the exhibition. The book about Matthew
Buckingham (208 pages) contains an essay by Janet Kraynak, an interview by Jennifer
Allen and presentations of the artist's works from 1992-2006. It was supported
by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation in San Francisco. The book about Joachim
Koester (224 pages) contains an essay by Hal Foster, an interview by Anders Kreuger
and presentations of the artist's works from 2003-2006. It was supported by the
New Carlsberg Foundation in Copenhagen.