Talbot Rice Gallery


28 May - 25 June 2011

Image from microstoria exhibition by Juan Zhao, 2011

"Every lie creates a parallel world. The world in which it is true." - Momus

Curated by postgraduate students* from Edinburgh College of Art (eca), 'Microstoria' developed themes important to anyone learning about or contributing to contemporary culture through questioning ‘historical truths’. 'Microstoria' deriveed from careful study and provided an innovative rumination on contemporary art practice. The student’s statement continued:

" 'Microstoria' investigated histories of falsehood and half-truths; uncovering ways in which myths become embedded in cultural activities and established as accepted norms. The exhibition featured works by Sean Lynch, Oliver Laric, Mathieu Abonnenc, Helene Sommer, Kristoffer Svenberg, Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson and Rachel Maclean; examining stories, myths and micro-histories by questioning cultural presumptions. The show was accompanied by an independent publication which featured a further selection of artists and writers who test the boundaries between truth and fiction."

* The eca students are from the MA in Contemporary Art Theory and MFA Visual Cultures studying the Exhibitions and Curating module.