Regina Jose' Galindo
Alejandro Gomez De Tuddo
Maria Rosa Jijon
Juan Esteban Sandoval
a cura di Antonio Arevalo
Le varie facce dell'esistenza, le contraddizioni tra il bene ed il male, innocenza e corruzione, sacro e profano vengono esposte a Praga in una collettiva di artisti latinoamericani affermati a livello internazionale. La mostra, curata da Antonio Arévalo propone importanti interrogativi sui concetti d'identità, razza, classe, religione, genere e sessualità.
"Assemblando sperimentazione e ricerca di nuovi linguaggi, e rivisitazioni della memoria recente e ancestrale - ha detto Arévalo - mi interessava render conto di questa pluralità, dell'estrema vitalità di questa ricerca visiva, parte di un progetto più ampio, di una strategia articolata: un sorta di archivio, cadavere squisito su quello che rappresenta l'identità latinoamericana dell'oggi".
Nelle opere esposte, sono pregnanti i contrasti tra sacro e profano, innocenza e corruzione, bene e male. Esse non mostrano registri esatti, ma cercano di stabilire un gioco sarcastico e ambiguo d'idee, dove tutto diventa complice. Codici e linguaggi video, fotografia, film, ed installazioni, producono un segno visuale realista, talvolta visionario se non allucinante. Dialogando a distanza gli artisti condividono il loro disagio esistenziale, si scambiano domande circa la loro identità, la propria nudità in quanto forma possibile d'espressione della confusione, o il suo esatto contrario.
"Tali domande possono anche essere evidenziate e segnate, come le pagine di un romanzo che non vogliamo dimenticare, come un verso che vogliamo conservare nella nostra memoria, quando avremo chiuso il libro dove l'abbiamo letto. Così queste opere rappresentano stralci di quella memoria latente che diventa coscienza collettiva dell' essere, messaggio capace di sublimare un' idioma etico, nella ricerca costante del voler sapere".
In mostra: Alexander Apóstol (Venezuela), Patricia Bueno (Peru), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Jota Castro (Peru), Donna Colon (Usa-Panama), Juan Downey (Cile), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Alejandro Gomez De Tuddo (Messico), Diango Hernández (Cuba), Antonio Manuel (Brasil), Ronald Moran (San Salvador), Carlos Motta (Colombia), Iván Navarro e Giancarlo Pazzanese (Cile), il progetto "Aequator lab", Maria Rosa Jijon (Ecuador), Juan Esteban Sandoval (Colombia) in coolaborazione con Fabiano Kueva (Ecuador).
Art Between Identity and the Mask
curator: Antonio Arévalo
participating artists: Aequator lab (Maria Rosa Jijon, Juan Esteban Sandoval in collaboration with Fabiano Kueva) /EC/ CO/, Alexander Apóstol / VE/, Patricia Bueno /PE/, Tania Bruguera /CU/, Jota Castro /PE/, Donna Conlon / US / PA/, Juan Downey / CL/, Regina José Galindo / GT/, Alejandro Gomez De Tuddo /MX/, Diango Hernández /CU/, Antonio Manuel /PT/ BR/, Ronald Moran /SV/, Carlos Motta /CO/, Iván Navarro /CL/, Giancarlo Pazzanese /CL/
Recently in Latin America an artistic movement has emerged whose contribution to the contemporary artistic scenario is innovative and creative. "Archivo Sur" not only has received a positive welcome from specialized critics but it also represents an opportunity to approach a region that has gone through deep social, political and cultural transformation.
The language used by artists belonging to this movement plays an important role in the world of imagery. What comes to the surface is a collection of phantoms that keep a fundamental realism, even in the most visionary or hallucinated constructions, to generate important questions around concepts like identity, race, class, religion, gender and sexuality. Diversity is emphasized by multiplicity and deformity, by means of visions of social and ethnical gaps. Unconscious fears are explored in their inevitable relationship with anxiety, deriving from human fragility; therefore carnival and mask become a pretext for fetishism offered to viewers. Experimentation of new media , as well as the revisitation of recent and ancestral memories, are the strategies I was interested in when I started planning this project. The intention underlying such a visual research - which is part of a larger project, aimed at a more articulated strategy - was to show diversity and plurality.
Art has a moral and spiritual responsibility; it rejects any fiction and talks straight. The exhibition shows: "Aequatorlab", (Maria Rosa Jijon, Juan Esteban Sandoval in collaboration with Fabiano Kueva, ), Alexander Apóstol, Patricia Bueno, Tania Bruguera, Jota Castro, Donna Conlon, Juan Downey, Regina José Galindo, Alejandro Gomez De Tuddo, Diango Hernández, Antonio Manuel, Ronald Moran, Carlos Motta, Iván Navarro.
They don't show exact records, but set up a sarcastic and ambiguous game of ideas, where everyone takes part. Images are embedded with contrasts of sacred and profane, innocence and corruption, good and bad. Dialog through existential questions like: who are we, individuals behind masks? Our nudity exposes our confusion? Or maybe: it is our confusion that undresses and exposes us? The questions of the former are being answered and emphasized as we do when reading a novel that we don't wish to forget. Just like when we underline a verse that we want to keep in our memory after closing the book where we found it. These works are pieces and stripes of that memory that is theirs and becomes ours.
Latin America may look fragmented, but it expresses itself as a whole, favoring a restless diffusion of its culture, and with a deep self awareness of its being. Appropriation is used as a tool to communicate, and sublimate an ethic idiom, that explores its will for knowledge. The language used by these artists: video, film, diaporama, has a precise purpose in the image world, has a realistic character, adventurous and visionary, to build up a "cadavre exquis" of what Latin American identity may represent in our days. Antonio Arévalo
Opening: Tuesday 23.09.08 at 6 p.m.
Exhibition dates:24.9. – 30.11.2008
The year-round exhibition plan of FUTURA is supported by:
Prague City Hall, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republi
Thanks to: Imarmitaliani
Principal media partners: Rádio 1, Umělec, Flash Art
Media support: Ateliér, Pragueout
Zbigniew Libera a Guma Guar
The renowned Polish artist Zbigniew Libera and the art group Guma Gust have accepted an invitation to take part in the latest of a series of mixed-generation exhibitions in the first floor of the Futura Art Centre. This is the third such pairing in the series, following the joint exhibitions of Ivan Kafka and Tomáš Svoboda and of Jiří Kovanda and Eva Koťátková. The aim of this Futura project is to showcase works by both an older generation of artists and the upcoming generation in one space; how the artists involved choose to exploit this opportunity is left entirely up to them.
In his contribution to the current exhibition, Zbigniew Libera has chosen to explore the relevance and sense of the utopian efforts of revolutionary fighters; his medium for this is faked photographs of Latin-American guerrillas in the Tatra mountain range. As a counterbalance to these photographs, Guma Gust has decided to present a series of portraits of real activists from anarchist, anarcho-feminist, and anti-fascist movements — but photographed in plain clothes, in public places, and from behind so that their identities remain obscure. In contrast to Liber’s ironic take on the issues, GG wants to show unidealized, real fighters whose activities force them to remain cloaked in anonymity. The ambiguity of these portraits is enhanced by the fact that they have all been taken using mobile phone cameras.
Centrum pro současné umění a akci
Holečkova 49, 150 00, Praha 5 CZ