July Days (2019)
You find the Black Square under the reeds, where the land silts up.
It is far inland; land over land.
July Days is a mixed media installation that revolves around a single, blurry image taken around 1917. Purportedly representing the Red Army carrying Malevich’s ‘Black Square’, the photo allows for varying narratives, interpretations and hopes. Mingling archival footage with digital renders, July Days brings together a variety of voices that explore what such a photo can mean today.
Unfolding from an image symbolising the meeting of political and artistic avant-gardes, July Days charts the ways through which such symbols can be conjured and disseminated in an age of fake news and vitality. Through voices in turn intimate and playful, the work presents a series of parables varying in aesthetic and tone. In the process, July Days invites its viewers along a hopeful and intimate reading of (art) history that celebrates the potential of radical imagination.
July Days was presented as part of the Goldsmiths College MFA Degree Show in July 2019.
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