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Rebecca Loyche [Videonale.12]

* 1979 in New York USA, lives in Berlin GER
Studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig GER, at Hunter College, New York USA and at Pratt Institute of Art, New York USA


Exhibitions [selection]:


2012 The Circadian Project returns to Berlin, re:MMX, Berlin GER

         Greener on the other side, International Video Art Festival, Amsterdam & Starnmeer NED

2011 11. Internationales Festival für Aktuelle Klangkunst, Trier GER
         Here and now…Amnesia, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin GER

2010 Art is Dead, Galerie deadfly, Berlin GER

         Global/National, Exit Art, New York USA

2009 tART at A.I.R., tART Summer Salon @ AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, New York USA

         New Prints 2009/Summer - Portraits: In Pursuit of Likeness, International Print Center New York USA

2008 Ice Blink- Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna, SÍM, Reykjavik ISL

         20x200- Jen Bekman Gallery, New York USA





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All's fair in love and war, 2007/08, 9:22 min., sound, colour [VIDEONALE.12] 

In her video All´s Fair in Love and War, American artist Rebecca Loyche´s theme is, as it has been in previous of her works, weapons and violence.The viewer encounters an American male, approximately thirty years old, athletic and sportily clad. He is a weapons specialist who trains people how to handle weapons. In a series of four sequences, with great expertise he explains their development and how they are used on people. Guns are his first topic, but in the final sequence he dramatically demonstrates how to kill a person with just one thrust of a knife - which part of the body to stab - and how long it takes for the person to bleed to death. His presentation remains unemotional and very precise all the way to the end. Due to the static camera and the close-ups, the viewer can hardly retreat; rather, the impression is of being in the same room with the protagonist. Loyche places the weapons expert in private living quarters, the conservative, middle-class décor of which contrasts with the brutality of the video´s content. She blends the supposedly neutral characteristics of a documentary with a consciously arranged interior. In this way, she undermines the already fine line of demarcation between a seat of domesticity and a theater of war.

Mara Wallat

Rebecca Loyche