Prelapsarian: Annie Zverina

Show runs September 27 - October 27, 2018

Opening Reception / September 27, 2018 /  5:30pm to 7:30pm

Artist Talk / September 29, 2018 / 11:00am to 1:00pm

Kelley Stelling Contemporary presents “Prelapsarian,” a solo exhibit by Annie Zverina. Show dates are September 27th through October 27th, 2018. There will be an artists’ reception at the gallery on Thursday, September 27th,
2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

“I just want to ask you one favor,” Nixon told Haldeman. “If I’m assassinated, I want you to have them play ‘Dante’s Inferno’ and have Lawrence Welk produce it.”

Richard Nixon: The Life, Farrell

A partial recording of Franz Liszt's “Dante Symphony” performed on the accordion marks the impending expiration of eulogy as the overarching form of political speech.

We are experiencing the rejection of language.

Annie Zverina is both working towards and pulling apart an articulation of the refusal of ahistoricism, pitting meta-narratives against the notion of hypermodernity. In “Prelapsarian,” Zverina exhibits discrete pieces that
challenge the semiotics of political power through the use of historical anecdotes. Citing Dante’s Divine Comedy as the original autobiography as epic, a widely adopted and bastardized form of political speech, the recording of an accordion plays.

Annie Zverina is an artist working in multiple media. Her work engages historical anecdotes to dissect narrative as an encompassing form of power, interrogating the representational function of narratives as both producers and
products of power. She holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and has exhibited internationally. Zverina currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.