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Perceptions of truth are widely mediated through moving images. While they can be used by those in authority to exert influence, this exhibition explores the ways in which time-based media can connect political ideologies with the desire to create a world of one’s own. Borrowing from various cultural narratives, the works expound on their potential to serve as an incubator for social mythologies.

Traditionally understood as narrations about gods, creation, and sanctity, myths are stories that are widely shared and factually ambiguous. They tell unverified truths, educate and entertain at the same time, and create archetypes from simple characters. JSC ON VIEW: MYTHOLOGISTS addresses the tensions created between facts and fictions through the production of personal as well as collective narratives. The works each grapple with various mythologies by reinterpreting histories, disrupting established behaviors, and imagining new visual and sonic worlds. What binds them together is that the limits between myth, fact, and fantasy are unclear—whether or not by the artist’s own making. Through everyday acts of pretending and performing, the works ask: What—if anything—can be trusted? How is meaning assigned to these stories? Who creates these myths and which ones will be carried into the future?

The third edition of JSC ON VIEW presents video and sound installations from twelve artists in the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION, some of whom are being exhibited at JSC Düsseldorf for the first time.

JSC ON VIEW: MYTHOLOGISTS is curated by Rachel Vera Steinberg, fellow of the JSC Curatorial & Research Residency Program (CRRP) 2019–2020.

Artist List: Jamie Crewe, Guerrilla Girls, Mike Kelley, Lina Lapelyte, Mark Leckey, Klara Lidén, Laure Prouvost, Mika Rottenberg, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Jacolby Satterwhite, Wu Tsang, WangShui


Schanzenstrasse 54

40549 Düsseldorf, Germany


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