A major feature of Art Projects is Dialogues which invites pairs of galleries to create a shared presentation, encouraging inventive collaborations and new relationships. The 2019 edition of Dialogues, curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli, focuses on the various correspondences between the work of contemporary artists from Latin America and Europe.
The reevaluation of hegemonic art historical narratives has been at the forefront of art historical debates in the past two decades. In this context, the legacy of Latin American avant-gardes has gained unprecedented recognition: today artists such as Lygia Clark (BR), Julio Le Parc (ARG), Hélio Oiticica (BR), Jesus Rafael Soto (VEN), to name but a few, have become a major influence in the work of emerging artists worldwide.
These historical artists were in constant conversation with European modernism, claiming a strategic universalism to produce alternative forms of modernity grounded on their country’s specific cultural and social backgrounds. Within the increasingly internationalised contemporary art circuit in the new century, their pioneering contributions to the global vanguard have finally been absorbed into the artistic canon. Meanwhile, a younger generation of artists from the region started their careers already immersed in a much more decentralised and heterogeneous international context.
Featuring works by contemporary artists from Latin America alongside international names, Dialogues will provide a platform for highlighting their shared interest in a wide variety of issues that include, amongst others, the subversion of Modernist canons and the innovative approach to painting by female artists on both sides of the Atlantic.
Domobaal (UK)’s presentation focuses on a selection of works by contemporary artists who subvert the language of Abstract Modernism, including Nicky Hirst’s (UK) ‘domestic abstraction’ pieces and a mural painting by Lothar Gotz (GER) specifically commissioned for Dialogues. Incorporating elements drawn from Bauhaus and De Stijl, Brazilian late-avant garde movements established the vocabulary of geometric abstraction as one of the country’s most significant influences. Emmanuel Hervé (France) brings together works by Ana Mazzei and Sérgio Sister, Brazilian artists from different generations who expand the vocabulary of Concrete and Neoconcrete art into the present.
Ana Mazzei, Untitled, 2018. Courtesy of Galerie Emmanuel Herve
Anima Mundi (UK) features a solo presentation by London-based painter Rebecca Harper (UK), whose often large-scale, figurative works combine fiction, memory and observation to create plausible scenarios that constitute a record of everyday life in a cosmopolitan urban setting. At Square Art Projects , London-based Brazilian painter Goia Mujalli’s works offer a counterpoint to Harper’s focus on social life. Her often abstract, multilayered paintings borrow their motifs from the lush nature of her hometown Rio de Janeiro to explore ideas around cultural identity through the use of colour, mark-making, movement, transparency and erasure.
Goia Mujalli, Confused Dreams, 2018. Courtesy of Square Art Projects
The theme of new perspectives on painting by female artist continues at Cob Gallery (UK), who put together a dual presentation by Katja Angeli (DEN) and Alba Hodsoll (UK). Angeli draws on the tradition of collage within a digital context to create ambiguous, quasi-abstract compositions, that suggest the movement of non-gendered bodies in space. Sexuality is at the forefront of Hodsoll’s works in paint and ink, where crisp lines and restrained colour palettes combine with the negative space of the canvas to produce a distinctive vision of feminine physicality. Kubik (Portugal) will show a selection of portrait paintings by Ana Prata (BR) and sculptures by Felipe Cohen (BR). Both artists are interested in exploring and subverting the conventions of their mediums of choice. Over the past decade, Prata has created a varied pictorial vocabulary that playfully encompasses the tropes of abstraction and figuration, while exploring different genres and styles.
Felipe Cohen, Untitled, 2018. Courtesy of Kubik Gallery
Maddox Arts (UK) shows London-based painter Augusto Villaba (VEN), whose abstract works on paper result from a technique of employing found objects to apply layers of paint onto the surface that creates a trompe l’oeil effect, as if the object itself has been incorporated into the painting. The gallery will also present works by Dionisio Gonzalez’s (SPA), whose digitally-created photographs depict impossible architectures featuring imagined futuristic buildings and renderings of unbuilt projects with a hyperrealist effect. Rolf Art (ARG) features a solo presentation of Marcelo Brodsky who – in contrast with Gonzalez – employs archival photography to create his work. In his ongoing series 1968 – The Fire of Ideas, Brodsky has conducted extensive research on photographic documentation of political movements around the globe (student uprisings, anti-war protests, anti-dictatorship demonstrations) appropriating and intervening on these images with texts and colour.
Augusto Villalba, Torque (moment), 2018. Courtesy of Maddox Arts
Sitor (France) will host a solo presentation of artist Jesse A. Fernandez (1925-1986). Most widely known for this photographic portraits of renowned artists and writers, Fernandez also produced a series of drawings which will be included in the stand. The gallery will also present a photographic dialogue between his portraits of iconic artists and his documentation of Palermo mummies, evoking the theme of artistic im(mortality). The surrealistic undertones of these images (also evoked in the portraits of Marcel Duchamp and Wilfredo Lam) are echoed in the work of writer and artist Teresa Balté (Portugal), shown at Perve Galeria whose intuitive drawings and paintings brings together freely associated and seemingly disparate images.
Jesse A. Fernandez, Mummies, 1980. Courtesy of Sitor
Lamb Arts (UK/ BR) will bring together a selection of works by young painters from the Americas – including Mattea Perrotta (US), Tomaz Rosa (BR), and Tiago Tebet (BR) – shown alongside sculptures by Peruvian-American artist Patricia Camet. In her work, LA-based Perrotta creates abstract forms that are rendered in rough textures associated with masculinity to produce soft biomorphic forms suggestive of femininity. Rosa, on the other hand, is interested in subverting the modernist tropes of painting to explore different styles and methodologies. Casanova (BR) presents sculptural works by Ignacio Gatica (CH) whose aesthetics evoke simultaneously pre-Columbian artifacts and Minimalist art objects imbued with signs of consumerist culture. The gallery also features a new series of new drawings by Lina Kim (BR) referencing the idea of ornament in modern architecture.
Mattea Perrotta, Hold my bones, 2018. Courtesy of Lamb Arts
The 2018 edition of Dialogues exhibition was curated by Misal Adnan Yildiz and consisted of five pairs of UK-based and international galleries presenting selected works by women artists, with a high percentage of Non-European participants which includes indigenous practices from Maori, Kurdish, Asian, and African origins. Read more about 2018.