Nearly six months after lockdown mandates forced it to close, Swiss Institute reopens with “TENET.” Through video and sound-based works by four artists—Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Moyra Davey, Yu Honglei, and Steffani Jemison— the exhibition ponders the passage of time after a year in which temporal reality became profoundly interrupted. Not by coincidence, “TENET” shares its name with Christopher Nolan’s buzzy time travel-themed thriller, the release of which was postponed from this summer to early September in response to the continued COVID-19 crisis.
Each piece will be on view for one week. First up is Jibade-Khalil Huffman’s Zero (2020) [pictured], a nearly feature-length video consisting of manipulated action sequences originating in films from the 1980s and ’90s. Following this will be Davey’s Fifty Minutes (2006), Honglei’s 15’36” (2019), and Jemison’s Same Time (2013), respectively.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Zero, 2020 (still). Single channel video, color, sound; 72 minutes, 25 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Anat Egbi, Los Angeles.