On November 15th, The Untitled Space celebrated exhibition “ONLY YOU,” a collection of photography, video, and sculpture by New York-based artist Indira Cesarine. The series of works is a conceptual narrative chronicling a woman’s emotions as she traverses a metaphorical landscape of love, loss and betrayal. The video version of “ONLY YOU” premiered in 2010 at an Art Basel Miami exhibition in collaboration with American Friends of The Louvre and Miami Art Museum. Since then, the piece has been screened internationally at venues including 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. The photography and sculpture was exhibited for the first time at The Untitled Space exhibition, with the works having slowly evolved since the film’s debut. In January, artwork from “ONLY YOU” will be featured at CICA Museum in South Korea as part of their exhibition “Portrait 2018.”
The opening of “ONLY YOU” featured an exclusive performance inspired by the artwork by dance company Bryn Cohn + Artists. Founded in 2011, Bryn Cohn + Artists is a New York-based contemporary dance company comprised of unique collaborative artists from diverse backgrounds known for their performances at Lincoln Center, The Martha Graham Theater and Brooklyn Arts Exchange amongst many other international venues. The one-time-only performance coincided with Tribeca Art + Culture Night, drawing a hefty crowd of art aficionados to the gallery.
Cesarine stated regarding her art series ONLY YOU, “I first started working on this series in 2010 and have continued to elaborate on it over the years. It is a very autobiographic series that I directed and photographed, working with a model to reenact sentiments I was feeling at the time. I had suffered from a devastating break up, a relationship that ended with lies, cheating and betrayal. I went from being a strong confident woman to being totally broken and it took me years to recover. This series tells that story. I worked with a model who was a great actress and shot the photographs and videos at the same time. The post-production on the series was extensive. The video art version premiered at Art Basel Miami in 2010 and most of the photographs I only recently started working on again, many of which are premiering for the first time in this exhibit. I also elaborated on the series with several sculptures over the past year. This series tells the story not just of my tragic breakup but that of many women who have been abused and betrayed by the people they love, and how difficult it can be to process those emotions. It calls into question the bigger equation of what is considered acceptable behavior in our society.”