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'Sister said to Satan: my diary is too hot for you' by Josefin Arnell and Margaret Haines at Auto Italia, London

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Josefin Arnell and Margaret Haines “Sister said to satan: my diary is too hot for you” at Auto Italia, London, 2018
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Josefin Arnell and Margaret Haines “Sister said to satan: my diary is too hot for you” at Auto Italia, London, 2018
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Josefin Arnell and Margaret Haines “Sister said to satan: my diary is too hot for you” at Auto Italia, London, 2018
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Josefin Arnell and Margaret Haines “Sister said to satan: my diary is too hot for you” at Auto Italia, London, 2018
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Josefin Arnell and Margaret Haines “Sister said to satan: my diary is too hot for you” at Auto Italia, London, 2018
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Josefin Arnell and Margaret Haines “Sister said to satan: my diary is too hot for you” at Auto Italia, London, 2018
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Josefin Arnell, ​Mothership goes to Brazil​ (still), 2016
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Margaret Haines, ​I dreamt in heaven​ (still), 2017
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Margaret Haines, ​I dreamt in heaven​ (still), 2017
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Margaret Haines, ​The Stars Down To Earth​ (still), 2015-2016

Dearest, these are my notes For my Thriller. 

1. Do you believe the world loves you? Sister said to Satan: my diary is too hot for you is a newly commissioned installation from artists Josefin Arnell and Margaret Haines, presenting a collection of moving image works, texts and posters exploring their shared interests in ideas of destiny, collective experience and mysticism. Taken as a whole, the works present a shifting cast of culturally identifiable yet unattainable performers, appearing momentarily as apparitions across the exhibitions spaces, living double lives.

2. I eat. I have sex. I go to a gallery dinner. I throw up in the alley.
Arnell and Haines’ images slip between screens and display systems scattered across the exhibition space: their sliding narratives inviting a sense of telos that underpins the movements of characters throughout the works. Enacting perverted prophecies, the characters throughout the films occupy the position of actors in a wider plan, with boundaries and intentions that aren’t clear, walking dreamlike through a no man’s land of time and space out of joint. Ideas of hauntology hover at the edges, staining the environments with an implacable time, time that is undeniably current but broken, creating a new kind of fictional mode of exhibition making: one of mythologies.

3. What is the difference between auto insurance and a belief in god? Sister said to Satan: my diary is too hot for you evokes legends and gods both contemporary and consigned to history, with the power they wield over their subjects permeating throughout. Alongside the specific naming of certain characters from mythology, the artists create powerful depictions of spaces on the peripheries of reality, ones characterised by youthful desires for escape and endorphins but anchored in the mundane reality of teenage life.

4. An additional perk to the usual contract: luck. Throughout its run the exhibition will contain a series of public events including readings that will be announced on the Auto Italia website.

5. Visiting information:
Preview: Saturday 14th July 2018, 6-9pm Exhibition continues: 15th July – 9th September 2018 Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 12-5pm 

15.7.18 — 9.9.18

Photo by Manuela Barczewski and Theo Cook

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