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Artwork by Camille Smithwick

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"ODE TO THE UNTRUTH" /// solo exhibition

Granada Foundation Galleries, HOME
6th July 2018 - 2nd September 2018.

An exploration into the mysterious life of Kaspar Hauser, the teenage foundling who mysteriously appeared in Nuremberg in 1828. Allegedly having been held captive in a cell by a mysterious man whose face he never saw, rumours abound about his true origin, including theories of aristocratic descent. The enduring appeal of this story is that the truth is unknowable, even to Kaspar himself. Initially living in the local prison, Hauser became a visitor attraction, sharing his stories and drawings with the local people. Despite reports across Europe of his mysterious appearance no light was shed on his origin. After two attempts on his life Kaspar was murdered by an unknown assailant in 1833. The enigma has continued to inspire artists and thinkers; Hauser’s lack of memory and strange physical phenomena suggested to Charles Fort evidence for his teleportation theory, while Werner Herzog described him as a person who was ‘born an adult’. The truth is blurred, distorted and chaotic; when an answer is found more questions arrive.

Gallery One uses drawings and paintings to untangle theories about Hauser's life and wonders about his experience at the centre of the mystery. Gallery Two looks at the dreams of Kaspar and re-interprets them into ceramic figurines