From 24 March to 24 June, Susan Hiller presents a major new exhibition, 'Social Facts', at Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), an extraordinary new cultural centre in a former train repair facility in Turin, Italy. Curated by Barbara Casavecchia, the exhibition takes its title from an expression Hiller often uses to describe the focus of her practice.
Hiller is one of the most influential artists of her generation. Her works in various media are based on specific cultural artefacts from our society, which she uses as her basic materials. For decades the artist has devoted her attention to what is out of sight or considered unimporant, exploring aspects of the subconscious or unconscious mind, whether in the form of dreams and memories or as supernatural or visionary experiences.
Hiller's exhibition at OGR offers an immersive experience that centres around a new project – Illuminations (2018) – a 30-minute video work featuring the voices of individuals describing experiences of mysterious and unexplained luminous phenomena. Including her largest audio visual works to date, Channels (2013); her earlier renowned and genre defining video installation Psi Girls (1999); as well as aura portraits from the more recent series Homage to Marcel Duchamp (2017), the exhibition explores the boundary between ordinary and extraordinary, credible and incredible, the rational and irrational.
To date, Hiller's work has been recognised by survey exhibitions at the ICA, London (1986); ICA, Philadelphia (1998); Museu Serralves, Porto (2004); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2006); Kunsthalle Basle (2006); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2007) and in a major retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain (2011); as well as participation in Documenta 13 (2012) and Documenta 14 ( 2017) and numerous international biennials.