Sabine Gruffat: Brave New World

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Nov 21, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

Flanders Gallery has moved to 505 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC (next to Lump).  Brave New World by Sabine Gruffat will open in our new space on November 21st.

Sabine Gruffat works in photography, video, and film to rework, rewire, and redirect signals and signifiers, calling into question media as a stable carrier of meaning. 

In this exhibition, Sabine Gruffat will premiere Brave New World, a video that appropriates raw footage from Henry Ford’s 35mm film archive of Fordlandia, the automobile mogul's failed rubber plantation in the Brazilian Amazon, to critique the violence inherent in the exploitation of land and natural resources.

Alongside this video, Sabine Gruffat will show work from her series Headlines and Video Animations. Headlines is a series of photographs and animated films Gruffat made while living in Detroit. In the photographs, news headlines from The New York Times are set against backdrops from the city of Detroit in an effort to collapse the visual space between media representation and the real situations or contexts in which the news is read and experienced. In the films, words from New York Times newspaper articles are rearranged and animated to create lyrical combinations.

Video Animations is a series of videos created by manipulating and layering analog video signals via electronic oscillators and feedback loops. This work essentializes video into pure signal, the noisy electronic pulses that travel across our wires.


Sabine Gruffat is an artist and filmmaker living and working in North Carolina. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Digital Art at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

She works across media forms including photography, film, video, and interactive installation works that have been shown at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, Art In General, Devotion Gallery, PS1 Contemporary Art Museum, and Hudson Franklin in New York.

Sabine's films and videos have screened at festivals worldwide including the Image Forum Festival in Japan, The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Migrating Forms in New York. Her feature film I Have Always Been A Dreamer has screened internationally including at the Viennale, MoMA, Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, and The Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.

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