The JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION is pleased to present an exhibition of works by the renowned Canadian artist Stan Douglas (*1960, Vancouver) in Berlin.
Since the late 1980s, Stan Douglas has been creating films, photographs, and installations, as well as recently venturing into theater productions and other multidisciplinary projects, exploring the parameters of their respective mediums. The artist queries the past in his works, breaking through traditional narrative structures to blur fact and fiction.
The exhibition SPLICING BLOCK examines the relationship between music and society, and is at the same time a reflection on the media of film and photography. The works reconstruct and imagine the 1960s and 70s—an era distinguished by (de-)colonization and migration, but one equally permeated by jazz, underground disco, and Afrobeat.
On view are the early two-channel video installation Hors-champs (1992), the six-hour video Luanda-Kinshasa (2013), as well as large-format photographs from the series Disco Angola (2012). The artist shot Luanda-Kinshasa in a space modelled on the legendary New York recording studio The Church, while Hors-champs was filmed in a Parisian television studio. The photographs from the series Disco Angola stage “a costume drama in fragments” (Stan Douglas), set in post-industrial New York and post-colonial Angola, but shot in California.