Nir Altman Gallery Presents Barley Furtive Pleasures

Nir Altman Gallery

The Barley Furtive Pleasures exhibition at the Nir Altman gallery begins today and is curated by Olivia Aherne.  The exhibition is to be experienced as psychological theatre – Each works plays with the implicit and the explicit, the subject and the object.  Carrying with them beauty, horror, disagreement, and dissolution, all working to illuminate the unconscious. It is here in the spaces of repression, where power, control and agency are flipped, spun and recast, the psyche is split open and revealed, and the dissolution of self can begin.

The artists included in this exhibition are listed below along with some information forwarded to me by the gallery.

SRIJON CHOWDHURY (b. 1987, Dhaka, Bangladesh, lives and works between Los Angeles and Portland). Chowdhury’s dream-like paintings reference diverse histories, contemporary and ancient mythologies and mysticism. Recent solo exhibitions include: A Divine Dance, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA (2019) and Revelation Theater, curated by Antoine Levi, Conceptual Fine Arts Live, Milano, Italy (2019). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Foxy Production, New York, NY; Magasins Généraux, Pantin, France and White Columns, New York, NY all 2019.

INGA DANYSZ (b.1990 in Warsaw, Poland, lives and works in Frankfurt/Main, Germany). Danysz’s sculptures and installations focus on the radical changes of power structures over time, questioning the paradoxes of control society and its denial of repressive power structures. Her work was recently presented at Bielefelder Kunstverein, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como and Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts, Seydisfjoerdur. She recently published the catalogue Insufficient Funds, as well as the artistic book Metamorphosis of the 21st Century Minotaur.

EVA GOLD (b. 1994 in Manchester, lives and work in London, UK). Gold’s practice incorporates sculpture, installation, moving image and writing; often combining these media in a process of fragmented storytelling, navigating feelings of desire and disgust, and their often uncomfortable proximity. In 2020 Gold will present a new commission Perv City at Parrhesiades and CCA Goldsmiths, London. Recent exhibitions include: Die Wohnung (The Dwelling), SET Project Space, London, Dinner Party, Royal Academy of Arts, London, both 2018.

MARIE MATUSZ (b. 1994 in Toulouse, France, lives and works in Basel). Her practice questions philosophical, sociological and linguistic theories of power and justice, from the Middle Ages through to present times, questioning their comprehensibility and depictability. Her most recent solo exhibitions include Golden Hour, Atelier-Amden, Amden (2019) and The closest moment of the night is at the same time the closest to the day, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2019).

MARINA SULA (b. 1991 in Lezhe, Albania, lives and works in Vienna, Austria). Sula’s practice spans installation, photography, sculpture and digital drawing, and explores the relationship of subject/object, power, love and desire. Solo exhibitions include: tba, Bazament, Tirana (2020); I’m Sorry, I can’t, don’t hate me at Gabriele Senn Gallery, Vienna (2019); Warten at Viennacontemporary (2019) for which she was granted the Bildrecht solo award for the best solo presentation


Olivia Aherne (b.1991) is a curator from/based in the UK where she works as the Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary. She has curated exhibitions/projects for Art Night London, SAFA Shanghai, LUX and Lewisham Arthouse amongst others. In 2018 she was awarded the NEON Curatorial Award in partnership with the NEON Foundation and the Whitechapel Gallery, and participated in the Shanghai Curators Lab.