03 October 2022 From sculptural sound and surveillance photography to British horror and ‘digesting’ paintings – our editors on what they’re looking forward to this month.
Emmanuel Van der Auwera: Fire and Forget
Edel Assanti, London, 13 October – 17 December 2022
What is left of the human gaze? Fire and Forget, marking Emmanuel Van der Auwera’s first solo exhibition in the UK, mines found imagery sourced from the depths of military archives, internet conspiracy theories and social media livestreaming to offer troubling insights of an age in which fast-developing surveillance and artificial intelligence technologies are redrawing and indeed reconstructing the parameters of our perception. Such post-truth reflections meld photography, printmaking and paint: the artist offers a sequence of aluminium print plates (showing a panorama of Las Vegas captured by thermal imaging; and a photograph of a mother and her children during the 2018 US border crisis) lifted from a newspaper production line – negatives which, upon exposure to a light source, appear to attain new meaning. A series of LCD screens, which the artist has taken apart with a knife, fill the gallery with harsh white light (the viewer can only access their images by means of filters positioned around the space). En Liang Khong