From Confrontation to Intimacy. The exhibition is divided into two distinct sections. The first, a selection of action-based projects by artists working in Buenos Aires; the second, a documentary section exploring the rich historical foundations that link these projects to the 1960s and 1970s. Curated by Victoria Noorthoorn.
From Confrontation to Intimacy
curated by Victoria Noorthoorn
Guest curated by Victoria Noorthoorn, the exhibition is divided into two distinct sections. The first, a selection of action-based projects by artists working in Buenos Aires; the second, a documentary section exploring the rich historical foundations that link these projects to the 1960s and 1970s. Taken together, the projects included in the exhibition formulate politics of intimacy. They attempt to offer a poetic vision of reality in which fiction, and in some cases humor, are the catalysts for creating new situations or unforeseen visions. The ideal of inserting a poetic gesture into a highly structured system reveals resistance; it also signals the will to construct the own utopia and affirms a local, community-oriented focus that operates by generating its own spaces of legitimacy and effecting decisive transformations in our ways of seeing.
Along the way, the contemporary artist's gestures and actions explore the limit of the author-subject, which is either split, merged with the object or subject studied, or transformed into an other self; authorship is altered and dissolved in the process of exploration. Like their precursors, they locate the artistic practice in life.
The historical section is organized as a timeline from 1956 to 1976 that focuses on immediate actions and performing gestures of destruction and dematerialization that sought to confront and transform the art system during this time. In the timeline, the viewers will be able to access information on specific gestures and projects by Alberto Greco, Roberto Jacoby, the mass media art group (Eduardo Costa and Roberto Jacoby, Raul Escari, and Juan Risuleo), Pablo Suarez, and Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos among others.
The contemporary section presents installations, performance projects and films that together propose a politics of intimacy by, for the most part, mid-generation artists, with the exception of Navarro and Tartaglia (emerging) and Jacoby (from a previous generation): Marina De Caro; Ana Gallardo; Graciela Hasper; Roberto Jacoby, in collaboration with Syd Krochmalny; Fabio Kacero; Fernanda Laguna; Patricio Larrambebere; Eduardo Navarro; Leandro Tartaglia; and Judi Werthein.
Opening reception: 7:30-9:00 PM
The Americas Society
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