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Art Practices in the Public Domain. Museum Exhibition/ Farsites/ Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent Contemporary Art

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Museum Exhibition/ Farsites/ Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent Contemporary Art

Curator: Adriano Pedrosa
Adjunct Curators: Santiago Garcia Navarro, Julieta Gonzalez, Betti-Sue Hertz, Ana Elena Mallet, Carla Zaccagnini

Executive Directors:
Michael Krichman, Carmen Cuenca.
Artistic Director: Osvaldo Sanchez.

inSite is a network of contemporary art programs and commissioned projects that maps the channels of permeability and obstruction that characterize the liminal border zone of San Diego-Tijuana.

Farsites: Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent Contemporary Art is a two-city, two-museum exhibition that takes place simultaneously at the San Diego Museum of Art and the Centro Cultural Tijuana from August 27 through November 13, 2005.

Curated by Adriano Pedrosa as one of the four components of inSite_05 — Interventions, Scenarios, Conversations, and the Museum Exhibition — Farsites is conceived as a visual and discursive point of reference for the network of comissioned contemporary art projects sited in the liminal border zone of San Diego-Tijuana.

Taking the contemporary urban site as its central subject, Farsites focuses on those moments where the urban grid and its efficient systems fail or fall short, and on the specific instances of urban experience that are relevant as an emblem or symptom of that condition. Many of the artworks document and record urban crisis—fissures in the imagined polished facades of cities. Other works articulate a creative response to adverse situations, and, in a provisional ad hoc way, find informal solutions to the larger problems of uneven urban development, while others suggest domestic symptoms as a change or shift in physical or mental, concrete or contextual, bodily or psychological states that manifest the precarious nature of cities. The evidences of crisis in modern cities are expressed through a range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation by fifty-three artists and artist groups from the Americas as well as Europe and Africa.

Five documentary projects, each organized by one of the adjunct curators, are interspersed amidst the wide array of artwork. Each displays a social response to a site of crisis where the physical aspects of the city and social needs of citizens collide, revealing the interdependency between official urban planning and the residents’ informal use of space. Two projects are on view at the Centro Cultural Tijuana—the changing face of Avenida Libertador, a major urban boulevard in Caracas; and a comparison of the New York City Blackouts of 1965, 1977, and 2003. Three projects are on view at the San Diego Museum of Art—a video about the Palermo Viejo Assembly, a popular people’s organization in Buenos Aires; architect Mario Pani’s Nonoalco Tlatelolco Housing Project in Mexico City (1962-1964) and the historical significance of the site since pre-Hispanic times; and the challenges and mishaps of the infrastructure of roadways, tunnels, bridges, and viaducts in Sao Paulo.

Franz Ackermann, Francis Alys, Armando Andrade Tudela, Juan Araujo, Dora Longo Bahia, Gabriele Basilico, Mark Bradford, Carlos Bunga, Franklin Cassaro, Marcelo Cidade, Eduardo Consuegra, Rochelle Costi, Jose Davila, Eloisa Cartonera, Etcetera, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Carlos Garaicoa, Kendell Geers, Johan Grimonprez, Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Cao Guimaraes, Jonathan Hernandez, Guillermo Kuitca, Geraldine Lanteri, Leonilson, Armin Linke, Jorge Macchi, Rubens Mano, Marepe, Rita McBride, Julie Merhetu, Rivane Neuenschwander, Henrik Olesen, Catherine Opie, Gabriel Orozco, Fernando Ortega, Damian Ortega, Marjetica Potrc, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Doris Salcedo, Dean Sameshima, Iran do Espirito Santo, Silke Schatz, Gregor Schneider, Melanie Smith, Sean Snyder, Thomas Struth, Taller Popular de Serigrafia, Ana Maria Tavares, Susan Turcot, Adriana Varejao, Hector Zamora.

Farsites is made possible by a lead grant from Fundacion Televisa and the generous support of Fundacion Jumex, the San Diego Foundation, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust and Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes.

Farsites will open August 27 through November 13, 2005, as part of inSite_05’s public programming.

710 13th Street, Suite 305, San Diego, CA 92101 T 619.230.0005 F 619.230.0035

A fully illustrated 216-page catalogue will be available. Essays by Norman Klein, Suely Rolnik and the curators.
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Centro Cultural Tijuana
San Diego Museum of Art

inSite_05/Closing Weekend
dal 9/11/2005 al 12/11/2005

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