Margaret Haines

Evoking legends and gods on the peripheries of reality in Sister said to Satan: my diary is too hot for you at London’s Auto Italia, Jul 15 – Sep 9

12 July 2018

Josefin Arnell and Margaret Haines are presenting a collaborative exhibition Sister said to Satan: my diary is too hot for you at London’s Auto Italia, opening July 15 and running to September 9.

A first-time show in the UK for both artists, Sister said to Satan will gather together a number of moving image works by Haines and Arnell alongside texts and posters to explore their shared interests in ‘ideas of destiny, collective experience and mysticism’. 

In the press release, the curators tackle the common philosophical nature of the works on display, hinting that through a complex layering the exhibition will configure the ripple effect of myth and legend across time. We will be presented with characters – such as Apollo or Cassandra in Haines’ ‘The Stars Down to Earth’ or the hyped up puking teenagers in Arnell’s ‘Gag reflex’ – that ‘occupy the position of actors in a wider plan’, one that they seem almost incapable of working against. They will appear as intermittent images that ‘slip between screens and display systems scattered across the exhibition space’ evoking the sense of the characters’ continual drift on the ‘peripheries of reality’. However, in presenting these perverted prophecies, these fatalities, it comes across like the intentions of collective perception are being questioned, in some ways lamented through tragedy and we’re left wondering where we stand and what for.

You can watch the trailer for Haines’ The Stars Down to Earth below or read more about the piece in an interview with AQNB’s Editor, Jean Kay. 

To formally launch the exhibition, Arnell and Haines will give a public reading at the gallery on July 15 and there will be a number of other public events over the coming months. See Auto Italia’s website for forthcoming announcements**


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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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