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How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age takes an in-depth, multi-disciplinary look at how contemporary art and culture are defined and presented in a global context. Examining the ways that globalization affects visual culture, the exhibition includes work by twenty-eight international artists, many making their United States debut. The work of these artists is determinedly individualized, yet provocatively informed by its cultural context. Artists from Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Africa, Turkey and the U.S. who work in media ranging from drawings and architectural structures to new media installations and documentary films are featured in the exhibition

Organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, as part of an ongoing global initiative, the exhibition includes groundbreaking work such as the Brazilian artist Marepe’s Acoustic Head where tin washbasins and cook pots are transformed into a one-person movable echo chamber; Japanese artist Tsuyoshi Ozawa’s Museum of Soy Sauce Art, a tiny three-room “museum” that traces the supposed use of soy sauce in the making of several centuries of Japanese art; and Indian artist Anita Dube’s wall drawing, The Sleep of Reason Creates Monsters, a recreation of the sphinx-like image from Goya’s Caprichos using hundreds of the tiny ceramic eyes that are often affixed to figures in Hindu temples.

Ranging from drawings to architectural structures, new media installations to documentary films, the work in How Latitudes Become Forms resists simplistic artistic designations. Many dwell in a realm between technical and conceptual borders, combining popular culture, the mundane and traditional to reveal the subversive, expansive power of art. How is art from other countries being displayed? How does it travel and translate from the locales where it is conceived into the global arena? Do new meanings result and are original assumptions lost during the course of this journey?

Often creating site-specific, collaborative works and privileging process over form, the artists in the exhibition stretch the definitions of their media. Embracing a sense of civic responsibility that redefines activism, they seem to prefer “making art politically” rather than “making political art.” Their work explores concepts of the local and the global, but avoids making a distinction between the two. How Latitudes Become Forms presents projects intended to be explored by artists and audiences together in an alternative and open-ended reflection on the ongoing shifts in our global age.

How Latitudes Become Forms is organized by the Walker Arts Center and accompanied by a 336-page catalogue featuring works by 34 multidisciplinary artists and essays by Philippe Vergne, Paulo Herkenhoff, Hidenaga Otori, Hou Hanru, and others.


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How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age
Organisation: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

mit Arbeiten von Marepe , Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Anita Dube, u.a.