Margaret Haines

Margaret Haines explores the ethics + aesthetics of empathy in multimedia installation I dreamt in heaven

20 November 2017

Margaret Haines presented solo exhibition I dreamt in heaven at The Hague’s 1646 gallery which opened November 3 and is running to December 3. 

Margaret Haines, I dreamt in heaven (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artist + 1646, The Hague.

The installation explores “the ethics and aesthetics of empathy,” through a multimedia arrangement. Sculpture, performance and text-based works are placed around the space, including an email correspondence between Haines and a neuroscientist who discuss the “evolutionary and developmental implications of empathy.”

A short film is also presented alongside the other works, using the language of editing, sound and body movement to create a fantastical image that follows a young motorcyclist riding through suburbia. The press release expands on the term ’empathy,’ noting that it is a recent one and has its roots in Greek meaning “obsession, intense emotional state, unbearable emotional engagement, positive or negative, hatred even.”**

Margaret Haines’ solo exhibition I dreamt in heaven at The Hague’s 1646 gallery is running November 3 to December 3, 2017.

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“What makes you crumble?” Documentation of The Malignancy of Stupidity The Cutest Evil … group exhibition

29 June 2017

The malignancy of Stupidity: the cutest evil (la coscienza sporca), le perroquet…Yesterday sounded too sentimental…once more: repression/negation/vulnerability…BOTH SHOWS SHOULD HAVE THE SAME TITLES…I like your note about friendship group exhibition was on at Paris’ Lily Robert, running May 12 to June 17.

Curated by Fabio Santacroce, the show happened alongside  the solo exhibition of the same name by Margaret Haines, and featured work by Dan Bodan, Jesse Darling, Cédric Fargues, Romain Hamard, Kareem Lotfy, Sands Murray Wassink, Anna Maria Pinaka, Skki, Ilya Smirnov, Anna Solal + Geo Wyeth.

The press release ruminates on art and friendship, gender and intersubjectivity: “Including friends may also include the possibility and fear of losing them. Do you know that I have promised myself to stay away from any kind of emotional involvement and sophistication? They make you crumble.”**

The The Malignancy of Stupidity The Cutest Evil… was on at Paris’ Lily Robert, running May 12 and ran to June 17, 2017.

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