Artists: Zarouhie Abdalian, Fernanda Gomes, Jiří Kovanda, Jenine Marsh, Gabriel Orozco, Chantal Peñalosa, Tania Pérez Córdova, Goran Trbuljak, Karin Sander, Paola de Anda, Francis Alÿs, Darren Bader, Kirsten Pieroth, Wilfredo Prieto, Martín Soto Climent, B. Wurtz, Lin Yilin, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Robert Barry, Isaac Contreras, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Simon Gabriel Greenberg, Matt Hinkley, Roman Ondak, Yoko Ono, Goran Petercol, Ana Roldán, Ana Santos
Performers: Mariechen Danz, Christian Falsnaes, Adam Linder, Susanne M. Winterling
Venue: Lulu, Mexico City
Exhibition Title: The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary
Curated by: Chris Sharp and Fabiola Iza
Performances Curated by: Sophie Goltz
Date: February 7 – May 17, 2015
Full gallery of videos, images, press release and link available after the jump.
Chantal Peñalosa, excerpt from Atrapar la mosca, 2014. Video HD, 26‘25”. Courtesy the artist. (A Slight Gestuary Pt. 1)
Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Untitled, 2010. Opening in the wall, plastic ruler, light, table. Video: 39 sec; Untitled, 2011. Water, cotton thread, table, tape. Video: 1 min 06; Untitled, 2001. Metal ruler, ballpoint pen, table. Video: 1 min 51; Untitled, 2011. Black pencils, table (220 x 100 cm). Video: 1 min 41; Courtesy the artists and gallery Marcelle Alix, Paris (A Slight Gestuary Pt. 2)
Lin Yilin, excerpt from Safely Maneuvering Across Lin He Road, 1995. Video HD, 34’28”. Courtesy the artist. (A Slight Gestuary Pt. 3)
Images and videos courtesy of the artists and Lulu, Mexico City
Loaded with double and even triple entendres, the title literally says it all. A Slight Gestuary seeks to function as a kind of reliquary of slight gestures, which is also in and of itself, inevitably slight (mindful of the mathematical impossibility of any kind of exhaustive or encyclopedic presentation of the “slight gesture,” the exhibition can but adumbrate the vast multitudes to which the title alludes). In other words, the theme of the exhibition is: small gestures, big impact. These gestures could be either quite humble, in so far as the physical art work they produce is characterized by a marked material economy, or they could be slight in so far as the gesture, also slight and local, ac- crues a historical significance which ultimately wields a much larger, and even international impact. Perhaps no historical artist better embodies, or better yet, defines these parameters than the Czech artist, Jiří Kovanda. His actions from the ’70s are a case in point. Enacted for the camera or a very small audience in the streets of Prague, Kovanda carried out a series of works, which ranged from hiding from passersby, to turning around on an escalator and staring at people, to executing a series of choreographed gestures which were indistinguishable from everyday gestures. Since being po- pularized in the west, these minor works of poetic protest have accumulated a broad international appreciation, while also retrospectively nuancing the oppressive context from which they issue. For all their initial simplicity, they are incredibly complex pieces whose depth and complexity have only deepened, matured, ramifying outward, over time.
A Slight Gestuary pairs living, established and emerging artists with historical artists and instances. Given the size of Lulu (9 square meters) and the ambition of the exhibition to be comprehensive, rather than exhaustive, it will necessarily take place in three successive installations. Each iteration in the space will be accompanied by the online publication of a historical archive, featuring work which consists of documentation (of the original gesture), as opposed to the work itself.
Thus, contrary to the expansionism that currently dominates almost every aspect of contemporary art, A Slight Gestuary proposes a radical modesty, examining its many implications and celebrating its overall economy.
Part 1: February 7 – March 8
Zarouhie Abdalian, Fernanda Gomes, Jiří Kovanda, Jenine Marsh, Gabriel Orozco, Chantal Peñalosa, Tania Pérez Córdova, Goran Trbuljak, Karin Sander
Part 2: March 14 – April 14
Paola de Anda, Francis Alÿs, Darren Bader, Jiří Kovanda, Kirsten Pieroth, Wilfredo Prieto, Martín Soto Climent, B. Wurtz, Lin Yilin
Part 3: April 18 – May 17
Pierre Bal-Blanc, Robert Barry, Isaac Contreras, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Simon Gabriel Greenberg, Matt Hinkley, Roman Ondak, Yoko Ono, Goran Petercol, Ana Roldán, Ana Santos
Billy Apple, Graciela Carnevale, Ulises Carrión, Lygia Clark, Eduardo Costa, Christopher D’Arcangelo, Marcel Duchamp, Koji Enokura, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Greco, Hi Red Center, Tehching Hsieh, Stephen Kaltenbach, Yves Klein, Jiří Kovanda, Lee Lozano, Cildo Meireles, Lotty Rosenfeld, Seth Siegelaub (Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, and Lawrence Weiner) Mladen Stilinovic, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, La Monte Young.
The archive may be consulted during the period of the exhibition at http://aslightgestuary.tumblr.com
The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary is curated by Fabiola Iza and Chris Sharp.
A performance program, curated by Sophie Goltz, will run throughout the duration of the exhibition.