Embracing a view of the world contrary to the scientism that reigns in contemporaneity, “Look, all this is fraud”, group show that features PIPA Prize 2016 nominee Pedro Wirz, opens this Saturday, February 11th, in Milieu, a non-profit art space in Bern. Together with other seven artists—Victoria Adam, Jan Kiefer, Dominic Michel, Adrien Missika, Yves Scherer, Philipp Simon and Marlen Keller, whose work “Alex” (2014) illustrates this post —Wirz sets out for a more emotional, irrational understanding of the world.
The apparently straightforward title of the exhibition has in fact quite an obscure origin: it was taken from the book The Satanic Bible, by Anton Szandor LaVey, in a passage that reads “I question all things. As I stand before the festering and varnished façades of your haughtiest moral dogmas, I write thereon in letters of blazing scorn: Lo and behold; all this is fraud!”. “With this title, we wanted to eliminate preconceived opinions regarding what is truth, what is false, what is morally acceptable, what is unacceptable,” says Matthias Liechti, one of the organizers of Milieu and an artist himself.
“Somehow, it is quite interesting how people believe in the 21st century in astrological signs or a God,” continues Liechti. The idea of “Look, all this is fraud” was, then, to regain a kind of faith in humankind, in all its possibilities of omnipotence and all-powerfulness. “Sometimes one is sure of a thing and its necessity, although an objective and rational analysis would perhaps assert the opposite”, he says, claiming that personal, irrational, emotional feelings and beliefs should not be understated in comparison with rationally-achieved, scientific truth. Or, as the curatorial text summarizes: “Nothing can ever change in eternity and nothing is ever over; all the possibilities…come on, let’s bid farewell to that foul deal./ We need to forget what constitutes the corridor of deviation from normality./ We need to forget what place we have been allocated to./ We need to forget what governmental self-discipline drums into us as the authentic expression of the self.”
“Look, all this is fraud”, group show featuring Victoria Adam, Marlen Keller, Jan Kiefer, Dominic Michel, Adrien Missika, Yves Scherer, Philipp Simon and Pedro Wirz
On view from February 12th to March 12th, 2017
Opening: Saturday, February 11th, 7 p.m.