Partial Presence takes at its core the idea that artworks possess varying degrees of physical and conceptual presence during their lifespan. Journeying from the initial stages of creative conception and fabrication, an artwork enters maturity and self-awareness through exhibition in dialogue with other objects, then physically degrades over time and loses currency, before reconstituting through physical restoration, documentation and historicisation. Interpreting ‘presence’ as the materiality, affect and meaning that constitutes a work of art, the exhibition considers how an artwork’s presence is in a perpetual state of flux. Exhibiting artists include Francis Alÿs, Ed Atkins, Miroslaw Balka, Matthew Barney, Laurel Nakadate, Wolfgang Tillmans and Gillian Wearing, alongside a selection of artists invited by the curators.
Showing works from the Zabludowicz Collection: Francis Alÿs, Ed Atkins, Mirosław Bałka, Matthew Barney, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Walead Beshty, Vanessa Billy, Tom Burr, Ruth Ewan, Mauricio Guillen, James Ireland, On Kawara, Paul Lee, Melissa McGill, Mark Melvin, Enrique Metinides, Laurel Nakadate, Araki Nobuyoshi, Rosa Ruey, Erin Shirreff, Jack Strange, Gerold Tagwerker, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gillian Wearing, Nicole Wermers and Shahar Yahalom.
Installation view, Partial Presence, 2015 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Amel de Nazareth
James Ireland, I Know, You Know, 2005, installation view, Partial Presence, 2015 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Amel de Nazareth
Nicola Rae, Interplanetary Radio Frequencies: received from different planetary magnetospheres, 2014-15, installation view, Partial Presence, 2015 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Amel de Nazareth
Noa Giniger, DON’T CONVERT THE SCIENTIFIC PROBLEM TO AN INSIGNIFICANT LOVE STORY (2008/2015) Slide, slide projector Dimensions variable. Photo: courtesy of the artist
Melissa McGill, Here and Now II & III, 2001, installation view, Partial Presence, 2015 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Ollie Harrop
Mark Melvin, A Pause (after clapping one handed) (2008), Neon, 7.1 H x 18.5 W x 2.2 in. Photo: Amel de Nazareth