01 Sep - 03 Nov 2012
Apurador. horno para madurar frutas, 2004
Journal paper, wood, objects and parafunctional structures
39 x 29 x 34,5 cm
Courtesy: Galeria Luisa Strina
Curated by Julieta González
1 September - 3 November 2012
For the occasion of the Thirtieth Bienal de São Paulo, Galeria Luisa Strina invited Julieta González to curate an exhibition.
The exhibition takes its name and thematic approach from Parque Industrial Patricia Galvão’s 1933 proletarian novel, but is equally constructed as a “theater of objects” referencing Georges Perec’s structural use of the object in his novel Les Choses, une histoire dês années soixante (1965), and Jean-Luc Godard and Jean Pierre Gorin’s recourse to Brechtian strategies in the film Tout Va Bien (1972). The exhibition addresses examines how contemporary artists address the labour relations inscribed in the commodity, the intricate relations between production and consumption that are embedded in it, and the “commodity status” of art.
Borrowing Brechtian stage strategies, such as defamiliarization, repetition and a recourse to the uncanny, the exhibition is structured like a play in five acts; each one, except the first, takes the title of some of the chapters in Galvão’s novel, and functions as an autonomous smaller exhibition. These sections address a range of subjects: commodification, production, alienation and de-alienation, consumption, and education.
The exhibition includes works by the following artists: Yael Bartana, Thomas Bayrle, Alexandre da Cunha, Edgard de Souza, Cao Fei, Silvie Fleury, Carlos Garaicoa, Liam Gillick, Terence Gower, Magdalena Jitrik, Joaquim Jordà, Jac Leirner, Renata Lucas, Marepe, Allan McCollum, Josephine Meckseper, Cildo Meireles, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Antoni Muntadas, Felipe Mujica, Nicolás París, Mai-Thu Perret, Tadej Pogacar, Pedro Reyes, Andreas Siekmann and Alice Creischer, Gabriel Sierra, Mladen Stilinovic and The Bruce High Quality Foundation.