La Casa Encendida

The Hansel and Gretel Rooftop

07 Feb - 31 Mar 2013

7 February - 31 March 2013

"The Hansel and Gretel Rooftop”, intervention one, is a collaborative creation by Federico Herrero and Andrés Jacque.
Positing colour as a catalyst of desire, this project invites us to reflect on the different ways in which we understand and experience desire. Andrés Jaque/Oficina de Innovación Política revises the traditional tale of "Hansel and Gretel" to invent a home without fear and "un-blame" desire, casting it instead as a driving force of positive construction and transformation. For his part, Federico Herrero speaks to us of desire in connection with contemplation and relies on experience through colour as a curative strategy.
Both will create an installation on the rooftop terrace at La Casa Encendida to initiate a dialogue about how we can manage desire, accompanied by various activities related to the pieces.

The parallel activities will be a conversation between the artists and the curator at 7 pm on 7 February at La Casa Encendida, and a series entitled "The Arenas of Hansel and Gretel" in two parts: "Discussing the Ethics of Hansel and Gretel" (an interdisciplinary debate among experts with audience participation) and "The Parliament of Hansel and Gretel" (a children's debate session with Punch and Judy puppets).

Federico Herrero (b. Costa Rica, 1978) is considered one of the most important figures in Latin American contemporary art. In 2001 he received the Golden Lion Award for Best Young Artist at the 49th Venice Biennale. His work is found in collections around the world, including the MUDAM Luxembourg, the Fundación Banco Santander Collection, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, New York, and the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

Andrés Jaque (b. Madrid, 1971) is an architect whose work explores the role of technology in constructing societies. In 1998 he graduated from the Madrid University School of Architecture and received the Tessenow Stipendiat from the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS. Thanks to this research fellowship at the foundation, he lived in Berlin and Dresden until the year 2000, when he opened the Andrés Jacque Arquitectos studio. In 2003 he founded the Oficina de Innovación Política (Office of Political Innovation). His work has been exhibited at numerous venues, including the Venice Biennale; Gwangju Biennale; Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum, Basel; Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris; and Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York recently acquired his IKEA Disobedients, the first architectural performance to be incorporated and exhibited in its collection. The same work was shortlisted for the 2012 Design of the Year Awards and is currently on display at the Design Museum in London.

Tags: Federico Herrero, Andrés Jaque