artists & participants
The international group exhibit, curated by Laura Bardier, offers a fresh new work of scrutiny and analysis, reflecting upon an 'impolitical' vision of contemporary feeling, and is part of PAN's "Contemporary Documentation and Lexicons" initiative. The exhibition presents approximately forty works by artists from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela, which (not to deny each its individual characteristics and their regionalisms) have several challenges in common, but also several solutions. Moreover, there is a constant demand in these countries for the classification of one's political orientation and ideological tendencies. "Los impolíticos", in fact, presents the work of 26 artists – some established, some up-and-coming – intent on building a lexicon able to define facts and things within contemporary reality from a clear-cut rather than generic point of view.
As the Neapolitan philosopher Roberto Esposito suggests, those words and expressions with which we usually define politics, as it turns out, leave behind certain areas that are impossible to think about or to express. This limitation derives from the challenges inherent in the category of "representation," but is also due to the fact that chaos does not reside neatly within the 'polis,' but within human beings themselves.
The expression "Los impolíticos" indicates the nature of the exhibition project as a whole, which focuses our attention on some key areas of the Americas, ones inter-connected by cultural, political and historical characteristics. Even more significantly, these have recently developed a critical sensibility with respect to the debunking of modernity's self-legitimization. The exhibit presents a collection of works held to be significant, which proffer possible answers to matters that affect us all, albeit with a vision tinged by regional, local and personal perspectives.
Among these is Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's work, which intersects the numerous possibilities afforded by interactive and audiovisual technologies; the divergent interpretation of Miguel Angel Rios and Marcos López to tell of the kaleidoscopic reality within the same region; the impotence of defining stable and functional systems as told by the contingent universes of José Antonio Hernández-Diez and Adriana Salazar Vélez; Paul Ramirez Jonas's irony for talking about contemporary malaise; the irreverent shots of modern icons by Dulce Pinzón; the unmistakable play of verisimilitude and the illusion of reality offered by Vik Muniz; the canny linguistic codifications by Detanico & Lain.
Some of the artists participating in the exhibition – such as Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Marcela Armas, Iván Abreu Ochoa, Adriana Salazar Vélez – will meet the press and the public at the inauguration on December 19; audio interventions and music selections will be performed during the opening soirée of "Los impolíticos".
Artists: Iván Abreu Ochoa, Marcela Armas, Stefan Brüggemann, Yoan Capote, Donna Conlon, Alexandre Da Cunha, Detanico & Lain, Leandro Erlich, Dario Escobar, José Antonio Hernández -Diez, Geraldine Juárez, Marcos López, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jorge Macchi, Leo Marz, Cildo Meireles, Vik Muniz, Dulce Pinzón, Liliana Porter, Wilfredo Prieto, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Sara Ramo, Miguel Angel Rios, Adriana Salazar Vélez, Martin Sastre, Pablo Serra Marino
Curated by Laura Bardier
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Kurator: Laura Bardier
Künstler: Ivan Abreu Ochoa, Marcela Armas, Stefan Brüggemann, Yoan Capote, Donna Conlon, Alexandre da Cunha, Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain, Leandro Erlich, Dario Escobar, Jose Antonio Hernandez-Diez, Geraldine Juarez, Marcos Lopez, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jorge Macchi, Leo Marz, Cildo Meireles, Vik Muniz, Dulce Pinzon, Liliana Porter, Wilfredo Prieto, Paul Ramirez-Jonas, Sara Ramo, Miguel Angel Rios, Adriana Salazar Velez, Martin Sastre, Pablo Serra Marino