May 27 – October 9, 2004

Possessed, the first exhibition at Western Bridge, gathered a large group of recent artworks in video, photography, installation, and works on paper. Organized around two key meanings of the title word, Possessed is about the things we own and the things that own us.

Centered on Zoe Leonard’s Mouth open, teeth showing, which filled the main gallery, the exhibition also featured a commissioned work from the writer Shelley Jackson, presented as a wall text on a gallery wall, and almost two dozen other artists. Shirin Neshat’s video Possessed, which gave the show its title, became the first work from a Western Bridge show to enter the collection of the Henry Art Gallery, the beginning of a project to build a collection of contemporary installation works for the Henry.

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