Opening | Thursday 5 March 17–20
Tova Mozard, The Comedy Store and Other Stories, photography, video
Cecilia Hillström Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition with Tova Mozard. Her new work circles around The Comedy Store in West Hollywood. The old nightclub – now a world famous scene for stand-up comedy – transforms into an uncanny, empty place in Mozard’s photographs. Once the comedians and their sometimes spiteful audience have left, the scene echoes of failure and compulsive laughter. Signs and lights are switched on and off in the photographs, reflecting the rapidly changing mood of the audience and the feeling of love or rejection facing the comedian on the stage.
In the new video, a comedian is trying to share bits of what it is like to be a stand-up comedian. Shifting between certainty and insecurity, always very aware of the camera, he is found in different situations; preparing, demonstrating and acting out his role. As in her previous films, Mozard points at the nature of the relationship between the camera, the protagonist and the director, never losing touch with the profoundly human aspect of storytelling. Testing the limits of directing and acting, Mozard cleverly plays with our reactions and empathy on various levels. The exhibition runs to 18 April.
Tova Mozard (b 1978) holds an MFA from Malmö Art Academy and has also studied photography at University of California, Los Angeles. Recent solo shows include Kulturhuset in Stockholm and Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg. In addition, she has taken part in exhibitions in New York, Toronto, Istanbul, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, Budapest, Copenhagen and Oslo, to mention a few. Mozard has participated in numerous screenings and film festivals, e.g. Gothenburg Film Festival (Repertoire, 2014), Borås Art Museum and Brussels Film Festival (2011), and Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival (2007, 2006). Her video The Big Scene (2012) is included in the collection at Moderna Museet, and was nominated for The Guldbagge Award in the documentary film category in 2012. In addition, the solo show The Eve of the Real at Kulturhuset (2013) was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014. Cecilia Hillström Gallery presented The Big Scene at the LOOP Art Fair for video art in Barcelona in June 2014.
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