Keren Cytter (b. 1977 in Tel Aviv, lives in New York) is a prolific storyteller. She works mainly with video and film and has made more than 65 scripts and films within the last decade. In 2008 she founded the dance and theatre company D.I.E. NOW (Dance International Europe Now) and in 2010 she co-founded APE – Art Projects Era, a foundation working from New York and Rotterdam with the aim to realise art projects outside of traditional institutional structures.
For her comprehensive solo exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg Keren Cytter presents two series of new drawings, a selection of eight films that includes signature pieces and new works, as well as a two-part text piece relating the works to each other and to the galleries where they are situated.
Keren Cytter uses numerous cinematic references in her film works as she ignores, violates and reveals the unwritten rules of filmmaking. Simple editing tricks, visual effects and fast and cheap production are central elements in Cytter’s toolbox, and she is not afraid of quoting, mixing and making styles and genres clash: Home-movie horror meets soap opera and kitsch, lo-fi Hollywood glamour is mashed up with French film noir and the mockumentary genre. The actors often have multiple roles and speak several languages within the same film; sometimes women are acting as men and vice versa. Besides the visual material Cytter also draws heavily on music to create a certain drama and atmosphere within her films. The narratives are often broken up and touch on themes of love, hate, sex, jealousy, revenge and violence.
The exhibition presented in collaboration with CPH:DOX.
The exhibition is produced by Kunsthal Charlottenborg and will travel to Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
The exhibition is supported by A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine MC-Kinne Møllers Fond til almene formaal, Aage og Johanne Louis-Johansen’s Foundation, The Danish Art Foundation and Embassy of Israel in Copenhagen