The ecology of extractive practices is a poisonous one. In Chile as in Sámi areas in northern Sweden, mining activities by multinational corporations are both visibly and invisibly shaping the landscape, intoxicating water, soil and air while displacing agricultural and indigenous communities. The excavation, extraction and exploitation of minerals – justified by the promise of immediate accelerated economic growth – means that spaces inhabited by communities become ravaged by desertification, contamination and expropriation, and sites of political and environmental dispute.
‘Fragmented Dialogues’, it’s an exhibition at Austin / Desmond Fine Art in collaboration with CF-LART London that brings together the work of conceptual artist Mario Fonseca and photographer Mauricio Valenzuela. Both Fonseca and Valenzuela worked in Santiago, Chile, during the 1970s and 1980s. Despite two seemingly very different bodies of work, both artists intrinsically shared a strong dialogue around the notions of absence and prohibited identity.
Mario Fonseca is a visual artist, art critic, curator, academic, writer, designer and Chilean publisher. Born in Lima, Peru in 1948, he has lived in Chile since 1966. Fonseca enrolled in the School of Fine Art of the Universidad Católica in 1966 but dropped out of the programme to embark on his professional career in graphic design and edition. He also started to experiment with conceptual art in his artistic practice, a topic he would continue to develop for many years, becoming one of the forefront conceptual artists in Chile in the 80s. Only in 2009, did Fonseca obtain his Bachelor of Visual Arts with a degree in Photography.
Mauricio Valenzuela’s studies in Painting and Fine Art at the University of Bellas Artes, Santiago, were violently interrupted on 11th September 1973, the day the military junta toppled Allende’s government. Determined to pursue his studies despite the prevailing political climate, Valenzuela (1951) completed his visual arts education intermittently, in different art establishments, acquiring a degree in Theater Studies along the way. This unusual academic formation and a hitch-hiking trip from the island of Chiloe, South of Chile, to the Peruvian boarder, would define Valenzuela’s personal quest and sensitivity as a leading visual artist in Chilean photography.
Also on display are a selection of works by Edward Burra, Patrick Caulfield, Eduardo Chilida, John Craxton, David Hockney, Peter Lanyon, Tony Longson, Mary Martin, Margaret Mellis, Paul Nash, Victor Pasmore & Terry Pope.
Image ©Mario Fonseca“Negativo del autor / Positivo del autor” Habeas Corpus 7, 1981 Cardboard, kodalith, masking tape 28 x 21 cm each
Fragmented Dialogues: Mario Fonseca & Mauricio Valenzuela (Art and Identity in 1980s Chile)
Austin / Desmond Fine Art, London WC1B 3BN
11 May 2018 – 18 July 2018
Open on Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 June (11am-2.30pm)
The constant shift in a sense of identity set against the endless fluctuation of people and narratives are the conditions in which artist Andrés Pereira Paz likes to operate. His works examine the role that pre-Hispanic and postcolonial arts and crafts play in the construction of cultural identity. Appropriating Andean imagery he explores how the collective and individual can both support and undermine one another in this process.
Last 18th of March Timothy Taylor presented Gabriel de la Mora’s first European solo exhibition, which is also the artist’s first at the gallery. The exhibition – Serial – comprises examples from three new bodies of work.
Upcoming screening in London of Lud Mônaco’s ‘PARA PERO SIGUE’ (Stop but carry on) as part of the programme of CORTOMETRAJES, 7 Spanish Short Films
We are very proud to announce the upcoming screening in London of Lud Mônaco’s ‘PARA PERO SIGUE’ (‘STOP BUT CARRY ON’) as part of the program of CORTOMETRAJES, 7 Spanish Short Films, an event curated and produced by Brit Es Magazine in partnership with Shorts On Tap, which will will take place on 18 February at 93 Feet East, a legendary spot in the heart of East London, the Old Truman Brewery, 150 Brick Lane.
The 13th edition of Frieze London starts today until next 17 October 2015. Frieze London 2015 provides a discerning perspective on contemporary art, utilising the expertise of leading curators including Nicola Lees (Curator, 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana), Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and Gregor Muir (Executive Director, ICA, London) across its feature sections and programme.
For this year 164 galleries from 27 countries will present the work of some of today’s most significant and exciting contemporary artists.
In the main section, solo presentations include Camille Henrot (Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris); Chris Martin (Anton Kern Gallery, New York); Ken Okiishi (Pilar Corrias, London); Xu Qu (Almine Rech Gallery, London) and Mary Weatherford (David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles) while, return- ing to Frieze London, Simon Lee Gallery (London) presents a sequence of three specially conceived solo presentations by Valerie Snobeck, Toby Ziegler and Heimo Zobering, changing the stand over the course of the fair. Other notable presentations include 42 sculptures on a forest of plinths (Hauser & Wirth, London), new works made by artists in dialogue with architect Luis Barragán’s iconic House and Studio in Mexico City (Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo) and a stand dedicated to Abraham Cruzvillegas and Jimmie Durham (kurimanzutto, Mexico City) – both of whom will have significant exhibitions at London institutions during the fair.
Evolving into the definitive destination for young galleries, the Focus section, advised by curators Raphael Gygax (Migros Museum, Zurich) and Jacob Proctor (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chica- go), offers a chance to discover exciting emerging talents. Solo stands include an historic installation by recently rediscovered Polish artist Maria Pininska-Beres (David Radziszweski, Warsaw); a new film installation by Amie Siegel, developing the themes of her 2014 presentation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Simon Preston, New York); a floor-based ‘water relief ’ by young UK talent Samara Scott (The Sunday Painter, London) and a multifaceted ceramic presentation by another up-and-coming British artist, Jesse Wine (Limoncello, London).
The Live section develops from its critically acclaimed debut to encompass varied formats, including: portrait sittings with an humorous outcome by Ken Kagami (Misako & Rosen, Tokyo); an auditorium-based choreography by Edward Thomasson & Lucy Beech (Southard Reid, London); a re-enact- ment of Xifopagas Capilares (1984), a rare work by Tunga (Galeria Franco No- ero, Turin and Luhring Augustine, New York) and an intimate, installation- based encounter by Amalia Ulman (Arcadia Missa, London). For the first time, Live is also curated by Raphael Gygax and Jacob Proctor.
The Frieze Sculpture Park 2015 comprises 16 new and historical works, set in the English Gardens between Frieze Masters and Frieze London. Se- lected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and with free public access, the Frieze Sculpture Park gives visitors to The Regent’s Park a rare opportunity to encounter exceptional sculpture and installation art by international artists in the open air.
Frieze Talks is a series of daily conversations, lectures and panel discussions taking place in the Auditorium at Frieze London. This year, the programme is co-curated for the first time by Christy Lange (Associate Editor, frieze) and Gregor Muir (Executive Director of the ICA, London).
Frieze London’s non-profit curated programme, Frieze Projects is supported by LUMA Foundation, with additional support by Arts Council England. For her third edition, Curator Nicola Lees responds to the fair architecture with commissions which draw visitors into temporary, mobile and evolving environments which transform, subvert and interact with the social, struc- tural and cultural dynamics of the fair. Creating hidden spaces, moments of respite and intrigue and secret worlds just adjacent to reality, the seven participants in Frieze Projects at Frieze London 2015 are: ÅYR; Lutz Bacher; castillo/corrales; Thea Djordjadze; Jeremy Herbert; Asad Raza and Rachel Rose, winner of the 2015 Frieze Artist Award. The Auditorium will see pre- mieres of four commissions for Frieze Film from: Charles Atlas; Xavier Cha; Gery Georgieva and Thirteen Black Cats. Supported by Channel 4’s Ran- dom Acts, the commissions will be broadcast on Channel 4. Frieze Music returns in 2015 for one night only with a large-scale audio-visual installation and performance by the collaborative project 18+, co-commissioned with The Vinyl Factory.
Frieze Artist Award
The winner of the second Frieze Artist Award, also supported by LUMA Foundation and which invites an artist to create a site-specific artwork at Frieze London under the auspices of Frieze Projects, is Rachel Rose. Based in New York, Rose will create a scale-model of the fair structure, in which lighting and sound design will simulate the sonic and visual sense frequencies of animals inhabiting The Regent’s Park. Concurrent with the fair, Rose is the subject of a solo exhibition at London’s Serpentine Gallery (1st October — 8th November 2015).
Presented with BMW and curated by Cecilia Alemani, Frieze Sounds ac- tivates the fair visitor’s experience through sound. Commissions by Alicja Kwade, Xaviera Simmons and Sergei Tcherepnin are made accessible at a listening station located in the Frieze London BMW 7 Series Lounge.
These are the highlights, Brit Es Magazine is here to keep you updated from today about what is going on at Frieze London, one of the world’s leading art fairs that takes place each October.
Full info: www.friezelondon.com
CASA Latin American Theatre Festival returns with a politically-charged program and special focus on Mexico
CASA Latin American Theatre Festival returns from 2–11 October to the Barbican and Rich Mix. This year’s highlights include a barmy Brazillian take on the life and work of Samuel Beckett in ‘Neverwhere Beckett’ by hotly tipped emerging company Café Cachorro, making their UK debut at Rich Mix; also at Rich Mix British-Latin American company Las Nanas de la Cebolla with ‘When They Disappear’, winner of the 2014 CASA Scratch Award with a compelling, visually stunning look at Mexico’s pandemic violence against women. And , of course, the new edition of Nuestra CASA Scratch Night, with five new companies competing for this year’s prize.