Partially Buried

Renée Green

1996 | 00:20:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 |

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Art History, Conceptual Art, History, Memory, Religion/Spirituality, Time, War

Partially Buried explores a web of genealogical traces. In this work the artist probes the notion of sites of memory as well as site-specific work by focusing on the location of Kent, Ohio. Partially Buried references the year 1970 during which the artist Robert Smithson produced his site-specific work, Partially Buried Woodshed at Kent State University. By chance the mother of the child in the video was present also in Kent State in May of that year, studying experimental music. In May of 1970, four students were shot while attending a rally protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. “May 4, 1970” was painted on the Partially Buried Woodshed shortly afterward and the artwork took on another meaning.

After having lived and worked away from the country in which she was born for many years, Green asks in her film the questions: “How does one return? To a country, to a place of birth? To a location which reeks of remembered sensations? Is it possible to trace how they are triggered and why they are accompanied with as much dread as anticipation?”

She also focuses on a time during which she was a child: 1970, in particular, and more generally the 1970s, as perceived from the vantage point of 1996. How do we reinterpret the past? What do we choose to remember or discard? What is inescapable?


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Pat Hearn Gallery
New York, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

Kwangju Biennial, 1997

Performance Anxiety, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1997

44th International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, 1998

Sharawadgi, Felsenvilla, Baden, 1998

Das Gedächtnies der Kunst, Historisches Museum and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2000

Museum of our Wishes, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2002

Attack!: Kunst und Krieg in den Zeiten der Medien, Kunsthalle Vienna, 2003

What Lies Between: The Autobiographical Impulse in Film and Video, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2003

Cinema Cavern, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, 2007

Le rêve de l’artiste et du spectateur: Renée Green, Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2008

Ongoing Becomings, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, 2009

Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2010

The Smithson Effect, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, 2012

Une histoire: art, architecture, design. Des années 1980 à nos jours, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, 2014