Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Return to noreturn 2, 2014
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 04.01.15

For Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster the future is already here, imagined into reality through her films and environments that see previous works through a lens of anticipated, future events.

Return to Noreturn 2 (2014) follows from TH.2058 (2008−2009), her installation at Tate Modern, which imagined its Turbine Hall fifty years hence. Just before that exhibition closed, Gonzalez-Foerster created the film Noreturn (2009), where an excited, unsupervised group of children invade the installation and eventually fall asleep, exhausted, on the beds.

Return to Noreturn was refigured in 2012 for the very different space of Galerie Esther Schipper in Berlin, reusing the green and red plastic curtains, metal bunk beds, paint and text as references for the earlier work’s sculptures, text, audio and video.

For BNLMTL 2104, Return to Noreturn 2 is further revised, quoting from the Berlin iteration for this new context. One by one, the traces accumulate, palimpsests, down the rabbit hole.

Children and their games figure often in the artist’s films, performances and environments, and weather is a harbinger of other mutations, suggested through a science-fiction narrative. We may indeed have reached a point of no return, yet for Gonzalez-Foerster one may always imagine anew.

Still from No Return, 2009, single-channel video with sound, 19 minutes (courtesy of the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin)
Detail of Greenred (Sculpture), 2012, curtain of green and red PVC straps, dimensions variable, minimum 3.5 x 3m (courtesy of the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin)

Born in 1965 in Strasbourg, France, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster lives in Paris and Rio de Janeiro. Her recent solo exhibitions include Splendide—Hotel, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (2014); M.2062 (Scarlett), The Museum of Kyoto, Japan (2013); Back To Tomorrow, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany (2013); Cloud Illusions I Recall (with Cerith Wyn Evans and Rachel Thomas), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013); T.451, Tensta Konsthall and Asplund Library, Stockholm (2012); Chronotopes & dioramas, Dia Art Foundation, New York (2009); TH.2058 The Unilever Series, The Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London (2008) and Expodrome, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris / ARC, Paris (2008).

Selected performances and group exhibitions include Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, Russia (2014); 1984-1999 La Décennie, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France (2014-2015); Tensta Museum: Reports from New Sweden, Tensta Konsthall, Spånga, Sweden (2013-2014); Stage It! (Part II), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013); and To the moon via the beach, LUMA Foundation, Arles, France (2012).

She is represented by Esther Schipper, Berlin