Andrea Geyer I Shadows Nearby
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Cologne
With texts by Thomas J. Lax and Ksenia Soboleva
Andrea Geyer, born in Freiburg, Germany in 1971, investigates the lived experience of history and politics. The New York based artist defines art as a site where past and present can coexist: “We cannot uninvite the ghosts,” Geyer reminds us, as she develops the intimacy and complex layering of her installation Feeding the Ghost. In the work, autobiographic and collective memories resonate with the life and work of Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman. The series Resonant, in which Geyer incorporates her experiences at protests against police violence in the US, is also built in polyphonous layers. Based on photographs and news images, Geyer drew outlines of protesters and transferred them onto paper in iridescent silver layers. They reflect the gestures of protest that at once express vulnerability and political power in the face of repression.