Cover (Something Newly Missing), 2020 / Trocadouro (They saw it last), 2018/2020 / Limits of Law, 2020 / Lingual (assembling), 2018/2020
The Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim is pleased to host Read Before the Fire, the first institutional exhibition of the artist Lucas Odahara. The work of Lucas Odahara unfolds at the interface of visual art and writing practice. Language as an omnipresent presence that determines our lives is at the heart of his artistic examination. The artist questions conventional narrative patterns in texts, spoken language, and images that have grown historically and continue to shape our perception of the existing world order and its respective power relations to this day.
For the rooms of the Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Lucas Odahara is developing a multimedia installation that deals with language in times of loss: Loss of memories, of social and political rights or laws. This loss is not understood as an act of mourning, but as a possibility to find a heightened alertness in the face of 'something newly missing'. Most of the works conceived for the exhibition deal with recent developments in Brazilian politics. Against the background of the revoking of various laws and a worldwide media testimony about the disappearance of large parts of the Amazon rainforest, Lucas Odahara in Read Before the Fire deals with various concepts of loss and implements them in a diverse media presentation. In addition to text-based works, images and objects, a sound installation will be installed in the rooms of the Kunstverein.