Sanatorium, Istanbul: Ludovic Berhardt – Drones, pills & yantras

Ludovic Berhardt 'Drones, pills & yantras' 

DRONES, PILLS & YANTRAS, Ludovic Bernhardt

Sanatorium

3 April – 10 May 2014

Opening: 3 Nisan 2014, 18:30

Ludovic Bernhardt’s new solo exhibition aims to draw attention to the post-industrial society’s some of the visual rituals. Medicines and pills packaging, military codes, fictional maps, Yantra diagrams and Mandalas, and so on, are used as signs which infiltrate bio-politically our daily life. Bernhardt mentions that “My aim is to combine various everyday objects and signs which frame politically the life of the ‘one dimensional man’, with a kind of subtraction of the material traces”.  In the exhibition, he considers these pieces as ‘psycho-objects’ by using a variety of mediums, light installation, soap boxes, pseudo-mystical posters. According to the artist, one of the main important problematic which underlie the artworks is the issue of how an ultra-protective environment can be connected with the political reality.

The pieces exhibited were very recently created under the strong influence and spirit of the books Theory of the drone (Grégoire Chamayou, 2013), Testo Junkie (Beatriz Preciado, 2008) and the Marxist Wars of the Global Empire (Alain Joxe, 2013).

Ludovic Bernhardt: He completed his education in Contemporary Art National Studio Le Fresnoy in France. The artist, who currently lives in Istanbul, has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in different art spaces in France and Lisbon. He mainly concentrates on the visual management and production of politico-institutional signs in his artworks. He was also the co-curator of ‘Hyphologie’, Sanatorium’s last exhibition in 2013.

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