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Traces of Time
Misfits (#1), 2024 © Kay Walkowiak

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Traces of Time

Exhibition: 19 Jul – 24 Nov 2024

Thu 18 Jul 17:00

CNA Centre national de l'audiovisuel

1b, rue du Centenaire
3475 Dudelange



Wed-Sun 12-18

Traces of Time
Display (All is but temporary), 2024 © Kay Walkowiak

Traces of Time – Kay Walkowiak
18 July – 24 November 2024
Opening: 18 July 2024, 5pm
Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 12 to 6pm

Kay Walkowiak’s evocative exhibition ‘Traces of Time’ at ‘Waassertuerm+Pomhouse’ in Dudelange (LU) explores the intricate and multifaceted nature of time through powerful imagery and thought-provoking artworks.

The conceptual core and starting point for the exhibition is the cinematic short film Traces of Time (2021), which radically challenges western perceptions of time: the clocks’ hands complete their round in an hour, suggesting the possibility of a cyclical, rather than linear, notion of time and addressing the fact that our perception of time is always culturally shaped. Within the exhibition, the series Eternal Now (2023), Display (2024) and Nowhere (2023) expand the notion of time and space while the new filmic work Rise and Fall (2024) further opens up an intercultural dialogue about the concept of time in a broader sense by inviting visitors to reflect on the theme of time and temporality in alternative ways. The works Misfits (2024) and The Prophecy (2024), meanwhile, question the Western-framed narratives of (Art) History, as well as their side effects and legacy in today's hegemonic world.

Traces of Time
Rise and Fall, 2023 © Kay Walkowiak

With its themes of Time, History, Art and their interconnection, as well as its “time-capsule-like” presentation, Kay Walkowiak’s work deeply resonates with the CNA, its missions and the challenges it faces as a national archive. As guardians of audiovisual heritage, we are daily confronted with the notion of time, its passing, and the aim of preserving it. Due to our function as a museum, we are also particularly interested in the issues of cultural representation, “historical canon” and their societal legitimacy as addressed by Walkowiak in the series Misfits and The Prophecy. This correlation between our activities and Walkowiak’s works is further enhanced by the artist’s use of all the different media forms – photography, film and audio –, which make up our archival collection.

Exhibition created with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Austrian Embassy in Luxembourg, Ville Dudelange, MNAHA


Traces of Time
The Prophecy, 2024 © Kay Walkowiak
Traces of Time
Traces of Time, 2021 © Kay Walkowiak