A Multimedia Series by Indira Cesarine
Presented by SHIM + ArtHelix
June 12th – 17th, 2018
SCOPE Art Show, Basel, Switzerland: SCOPE | HAUS, WEBERGASSE 34
VIP + Press Preview: June 12th @ 1pm – 4pm
Public Opening: June 12th @ 4pm-7pm
More information HERE
Multimedia series “ONLY YOU” by Indira Cesarine of The Untitled Space will be on view at SCOPE Art Show in Basel, Switzerland, from June 12th to 17th for the duration of the fair. The Untitled Space has teamed up with SHIM and ArtHelix, Brooklyn-based arts initiatives, to present Cesarine’s work at Basel.
“I first met the team from ArtHelix and SHIM at Art Basel Miami,” Cesarine explains. “They were working with Leah Schrager, one of the artists we exhibit at The Untitled Space. They approached me about collaborating at SCOPE Basel, and I thought it would be a great opportunity.”
SHIM is a full service arts management company that helps artists present exhibitions. Their flagship location exists within ArtHelix gallery, a Brooklyn space that regularly presents solo and group art exhibitions and hosts lectures, symposia, and other cultural events. “What they do at SHIM is very empowering for artists and the art community,” Cesarine says. “They’re presenting a unique platform that I haven’t seen before at many art fairs.”
“ONLY YOU” is a conceptual, autobiographical narrative chronicling a woman’s emotions as she traverses a metaphorical landscape of love, loss, abuse and betrayal. Each work is part of the greater narrative of her story, and is based on experiences of the artist. “As an artist, translating my emotions into [‘ONLY YOU’] was definitely a cathartic way to process the situation I had been in,” Cesarine says. “Though the series was directly inspired by a personal relationship that had become abusive, it resonates with many experiences that I’ve struggled to overcome over the years in my personal life as well as throughout my career. Working as a photographer in the fashion industry, I’ve been in quite a few troubling scenarios with people I had worked with, such as agents and clients, that definitely crossed the line. This series tells the story of not only my emotional trauma, but that of many women who have been abused and betrayed by people they trusted, and how difficult it can be to process those emotions. This series resonates with me as particularly relevant, a metaphorical mirror of how many women are feeling right now.”
“By pouring my emotions into my artwork, I was able to eventually overcome some of the feelings I was having, although really, the only thing I found truly healing was time. Being able to look back at what happened, I learned from my experiences and made the decision to not put myself in that situation again,” Cesarine says. “To me, this series speaks to the #MeToo movement and the anger and trauma of overcoming abuse, whether personal or professional. Right now, many women are finding the strength to tell their stories. You can feel the emotions in this series—they range from anger to sadness to disbelief to shame…frustration, fear… It’s an emotive series that focuses on the eyes as a portal.”
The limited edition medium format photographs and welded steel sculptures were completed in 2017, and unveiled last November at The Untitled Space along with a dance performance by Bryn Cohn + Artists inspired by the series. Photographs from “ONLY YOU” have also been shown at CICA Museum, South Korea, as part of their January exhibition “Portrait 2018”.
The video art edition of “ONLY YOU” premiered at Art Basel Miami for an exhibition in collaboration with American Friends of The Louvre and Miami Art Museum. The video has been screened internationally at exhibitions including “Factory Project” at London’s Red Bull Studios in collaboration with Graffik Gallery, at an event for Cannes Film Festival in France, and at the Big Screen Plaza in Chelsea, New York.