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Pop Politics

CA2M Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid

Activism at 33 Revolutions. The show raises, through contemporary art practices, a claim of specific politics forms produced in Pop music. 30 artists display their work emerged through a music and cultural reflection. Alongside, CA2M exhibits the result of an aesthetic and Pop music investigation within the town of Mostoles.

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curator Iván López Munuera

Pop Politics: Activism at 33 Revolutions exhibition raises a claim of specific politics forms produced in Pop music through contemporary art practices. A way of addressing the current cultural production from a specific ideological way through personal empowerment practices, shared spaces, viewer´s emancipated gaze, mass media and an approach and reconnection of diverse information. An exhibition about current art practice on the move.

Over the XX and XXI Centuries, it has taken place a number of events which have had, as gravitational center, the different knowledge produced in Pop music (or urban popular music forms, either rock, punk, post-punk, disco, electro or hip-hop) causing a change in the social and cultural establishment. Actions which are not always present in the used history that, however, have developed a serial of varied genealogies essential for art experience, causing a radical crash in aesthetic, social ties as well as in the interaction with the established order. A different way of understanding history –or of building “another” history- which has decisively influenced present, which hardly ever it is approached from a retroactive way, this is to say, as a toolbox to reveal the current implications from many of today´s aesthetic and art events. Through songs, t-shirts, album covers, clubs, concerts, covers or fanzines, it is exported and dramatized the running power mechanism in daily life, proving that what it is “personal, it is political” and what it is “political, it is personal”. In all these elements, consumerism and sexual relations are dissected, how the hegemonic fictions and common sense notion over what is natural/normal are built or even the way in which the most spontaneous and intimate life experience are indeed determined beforehand by superior powers. Some conceptions which, as Gang of Four would say ‘Natural Is Not In It’, can also be diversely challenged.

And, it is that, in the last decades, the different art forms have made used of these techniques and spaces of conflict, whether through a direct, indirect or theoretical use. This exhibition tenders, through the work of over 30 artists and alongside projects, a reading of these vindications through performances, videos, photography, drawings, comics, installations, concerts, paintings, songs, and documentary films, which redefine the diverse social spaces, the daily aesthetic, the viewer´s gaze, the versioning phenomenon and the way of communication in order to reformulate not only the extension of these practices but also the actual understanding of politics from the contemporary art side.

Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Lorea Alfaro, Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Bozidar Brazda, William Cordov, a Red Caballo, June Crespo, Discoteca Flaming Star, Jeremy Deller & Nick Abrahams, Juan Pablo Echeverri, Ruth Ewan, Luke Fowler, Till Gerhard, Luis Jacob, Jeleton, Daniel Jacoby, Daniel Johnston, Daniel Llaría, Kalup Linzy, Christian Marclay, Ryan McGinley, Momu & No Es, Dave Muller, Raymond Pettibon, Francesc Ruiz, Mickalene Thomas, Pepo Salazar, Aitor Saraiba, Azucena Vieites, Lyota Yagi and Ícaro Zorbar.

The exhibition catalogue holds texts and contributions by Iván López Munuera, Kim Gordon, José Manuel Costa, Simon Reynolds, Greil Marcus, Amparo Lasén, Peio Aguirre and Lucy O’Brien.

Parallel activities:
CA2M Tour
Workshop- Secondary education students exhibition tour

Image: Ryan McGinley, You and my friends, 3, 2012.

Dirección General de Medios. Oficina de Comunicación - Puerta del Sol, 7 - 28013 Madrid - 91 5802070 -
Vicepresidencia, Consejeria de cultura y deporte Comunidad de Madrid C/ Alcalá, 31 Madrid 28014 Tel.: 91 7208213 - 618337122

Opening november 29
Opening programming:
20:00 H. Opening ceremony
20:15 H. Jeleton. Performance- concert (20 min)
21:00 H. Ícaro Zorbar. Performance (15 min)
22:00 H. Gabriel Acevedo Velarde. Concert (45 min)

CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo
Avda. Constitución, 23 - 28931 Móstoles Madrid
Opening times
From Tuesday until Sunday 11:00 a 21:00 h.
Closed 24, 25 and 31 dec. 1 and 6 jan
Free admission to the center and to all his activities
Area WI-FI in the whole center

Punk. Its traces in Contemporary Art
dal 24/3/2015 al 3/10/2015

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