The Way it Wasn’t (Celebrating Ten Years of castillo/corrales, Paris)

05 Feb - 23 Apr 2011

Curadoria castillo/corrales
5 February - 23 April, 2011

Aaron Flint Jamison, Aglaia Konrad, Amy Sillman, Barry Le Va, Cao Fei, CS Leigh, Guillaume Leblon, Haim Steinbach, Heimo Zobernig, Jay Chung e Q Takeki Maeda, Jimmie Durham, Joe Scanlan, Kathryn Bigelow, Melanie Gilligan, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Nils Norman, Oscar Tuazon, Willem Oorebeek et al.

When can an independent art space feel it is old enough to revive its own history in the form of a retrospective exhibition? When is it right to think its record of activities deserves a historicizing publication? The answer is ten years. It is the convention that seems to apply here. Ten years is what distinguishes real proof of accomplishment from self-aggrandizing thinking.
Ten years. Let’s celebrate ten years of castillo/corrales then.
The Way It Wasn’t questions the ineluctable establishment of a once-considered-alternative organization. It addresses the illusion of coherence that such a day-by-day endeavor often gains in retrospect, as well as the overblown importance that a small, localized structure can take in the view from afar.
Celebrating in Portugal ten years of trials of castillo/corrales means to show more than there actually is. The Way It Wasn’t draws from exhibitions and projects which did take place in the 29 square-meter Paris-based gallery, and from ones which almost did. Some were only discussed but got postponed. For others, it just wasn’t the right time.
Ten years: 2000-2010, an account of this decade’s art, society and state of mind, as seen through the life and times, the acts and words, the highs and lows of an independent art space in Paris.
Let’s celebrate ten years of castillo/corrales, already.

Tags: Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, Jimmie Durham, Cao Fei, Melanie Gilligan, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Aaron Flint Jamison, Aglaia Konrad, Guillaume Leblon, Nils Norman, Willem Oorebeek, Joe Scanlan, Amy Sillman, Haim Steinbach, Oscar Tuazon, Barry Le Va, Heimo Zobernig