Auto Emotion at the Power Plant –

The Power Plant announces a major international exhibition Auto Emotion opening May 17, 2007

Auto Emotion: Autobiography, emotion and self-fashioning
Opening reception and Summer Party
The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
Thursday, May 17, from 7 to 11 p.m.
Admission to the reception is FREE and open to the public.

Following yet another resoundingly successful set of exhibitions for Spring 2007, Fiona Banner’s The Bastard Word and Yael Bartana’s Ritual, The Power Plant presents Auto Emotion: Autobiography, emotion and self-fashioning. The exhibition features an all-star cast of leading and emerging international and Canadian contemporary artists whose works intersect at the crossroads of autobiography, emotional display and self-performance.

Underlying the works in the exhibition is an interest in the relationship between social conformism and autonomy, brain chemistry and emotion, automatic behavior and self determination, the fictional and the real.

The exhibition features some of the world’s most prominent artists and includes major installations by Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila and French artist and writer Sophie Calle, who is also representing France at the 2007 Venice Biennale. It also includes important but lesser known Canadian and International artists such as Reza Afisina from Indonesia.

Auto Emotion will showcase compelling works in media including photography, film, sculpture, installation, performance, interactive works and new technologies. Artists include Marina Abramovic, Reza Afisina, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Sophie Calle, Andrea Fraser, Rodney Graham, Christian Jankowski, Yayoi Kusama, Nikki S Lee, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Matt Mullican, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Adrian Paci and Joahnnes Wohnseifer.

Auto Emotion is curated by Gregory Burke, Director of The Power Plant, and Helena Reckitt, Senior Curator of Programs at The Power Plant.

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