IKOB – Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present “Gesticulating… Wildly”, the first institutional solo exhibition of Rotterdam-based artist Helen Anna Flanagan. The video- and installation-based presentation brings together Flanagan’s Gestures film trilogy (2019-2020) for the first time.
Like the houseflies that act as a recurring motif throughout Flanagan's films, the exhibition implicates viewers in turn as passive observers, carriers of information, or invasive parasites. It thereby resonates with IKOB’s theme for 2021, Gossip. The 2021 programme considers the potential of gossip and rumours to bind us closer together as a society and aims to be a critical examination of the social contexts in which these shared stories and narratives are created and disseminated. Helen Anna Flanagan’s Gestures trilogy is a primary source of inspiration for this concept, as her work grants us entry to sites of encounter and engagement between different ideas and people, with rumours and stories woven throughout her works as contagious whispers.