Kerry Tribe

Dead Star Light

27.09.2011 — 20.11.2011

Modern Art Oxford

American artist and filmmaker Kerry Tribe presents a solo exhibition of her most recent work in an ongoing investigation into memory, forgetting, ambiguity and doubt. Dead Star Light consists of three newly commissioned works: Milton Torres Sees a Ghost, Parnassius mnemosyne and The Last Soviet.

Milton Torres Sees a Ghost is a room-sized sound installation in which reel-to-reel audio tape traces the gallery walls, endlessly playing and erasing a first hand account of an American fighter pilot’s encounter with a UFO over British airspace in the 1950s, which was officially declassified in 2008.

Parnassius mnemosyne is a 16mm-film installation featuring an enigmatic animation of the eponymous butterfly.

The Last Soviet is a single-channel video combining original and appropriated footage to tell the true story of Sergei Krikalev, a Soviet cosmonaut who was left in orbit for nearly a year as the USSR collapsed beneath him.

Together these works continue Tribe’s interest in producing large-scale projects in film, video and installation that carefully consider the possibilities their mediums afford and attempt to produce an experience for the viewer akin to the subject of the works: amnesia, misremembering, the gap between individual and collective memory. Employing ‘old’ technologies, including 16mm film, reel-to-reel audio and analog video, each work explores these themes of personal, cultural and collective memory, and conversely, processes of forgetting and erasure.

The exhibition brings to a close the 3 Series of commissioned works, organised by Modern Art Oxford in collaboration with Camden Arts Centre, London, and Arnolfini, Bristol.

Showing concurrently with the Kerry Tribe exhibition at Modern Art Oxford is Abraham Cruzvillegas – Autoconstruccion: The Optimistic Failure of a Simultaneous Promise, 27 September – 20 November 2011. 

3: 3 artists 3 spaces 3 years is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

About the artist: 

Kerry Tribe (b.1973, Boston) currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Tribe’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London and Arnolfini, Bristol and will be shown at the Power Plant, Toronto. She has also exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; Kunst Werke, Berlin; and SMAK, Gent. Her work is in the public collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Hammer Museum, The Orange County Museum of Art and The Generali Foundation amongst others. She was a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2005-2006, received her MFA from UCLA in 2002, was a Whitney Independent Study Program Fellow in 1997-98 and received her BA in Art and Semiotics from Brown University in 1997. Tribe is represented by 1301PE in Los Angeles.


Kerry Tribe, The Last Soviet, 2010 (still). Single channel video with sound. Courtesy the artist and 1301 PE, Los Angeles

Kerry Tribe, The Last Soviet, 2010 (still). Single channel video with sound. Courtesy the artist and 1301 PE, Los Angeles

Event Dates

  • Current Exhibition 27.09.2011 — 20.11.2011

    ENDS SUNDAY Kerry Tribe’s film, video and installation works form an ongoing investigation into memory, subjectivity and doubt. In this, the last in a series of three commissions organised by Modern Art Oxford, Camden Arts Centre, London and Arnolfini, Bristol, Kerry Tribe presents her new project entitled Dead Star Light. Admission free.

  • Exhibition Tour 05.11.2011 at 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Saturday, 3pm. Free, just turn up. Tour of the Kerry Tribe exhibition with Rosie Farrell, a practising artist based in London.