As your guide in the difficult field of the contemporary artworld, here we are with the fifth chapter of the Kooness Summer Artguide. Scroll down to learn more about this August in pink dedicated to five important female artists. Take a glance at Kooness' selection of artworks to watch this Summer.
1. Dora García | "Second Time Around" | Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
April 18 - September 3, 2018
The exhibition "Second Time Around" centres on the artist Dora García (Valladolid, 1965), embarking on an open journey around a broad array of her works in diverse formats and mediums — film, performance, texts, drawings — and punctuating some of the constants running through her career. The show outlines the complex network of intellectual reference points — from literature to more marginal or heterodox frames of reference – her artistic practice draws from as it circulates fiction, performance and what García refers to as the “illusion of the human psyche” produced by everything. The title, "Second Time Around", originates from Julio Cortázar’s homonymous story, written in 1974, which recounts the climate of psychosis and uncertainty caused by the trauma of disappearances in Argentina. "Second Time" is also the name of García’s most recent project, which orbits the figure of Oscar Masotta, a contemporary of Cortázar’s and a pivotal theorist in the Argentinian avant-garde from the 1950s to the 1970s. Masotta’s ideas on constructing happenings and audience have also given rise to four short films and a film by the artist.
2. Lauren Halsey | "Lauren Halsey:we still here, there" | Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
March 4 – September 3, 2018
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents "Lauren Halsey: we still here, there", a site-specific installation work created at MOCA’s Grand Avenue location. This spring Los Angeles–based artist Lauren Halsey (b. 1987, Los Angeles, California) will take up residence at MOCA Grand Avenue, where she will build and regularly change an immersive space resembling a fantastical system of caves that viewers are invited to linger in and explore. This environment will serve as a visionary archive reflecting the diversity of everyday black cultural experiences in South Central L.A., the artist’s home since childhood. The project is made possible by The Director’s Commissioning Fund. Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with lead annual support provided by Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by Judith and Alexander Angerman, Delta Air Lines, and Nathalie Marciano and Julie Miyoshi.
3. Bouchra Khalili | "Blackboard" | Jeu de Paume, Paris
June 5 –September 23, 2018
Blackboard is thus conceived as a space where the protagonists in the artist's works and spectators can meet, rekindling Pier Paolo Pasolini's proposed conception of the work of art as civic poetry. The first monograph of this scope devoted to Bouchra Khalili, Blackboard is also the catalogue accompanying her solo exhibition. This project borrows its title from a discussion that Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin, both members of the Dziga Vertov group at the time, had with students at Yale University in April 1970. On several occasions, the film-maker made a point of clarifying what this “blackboard” should be: a work produced for the ones who are deprived of the right to self-representation, who can then see their own images and share them. What emerges is a collective shaped by a vast geography, in which each person participating in the artist's projects appropriates the speech act as civic poetry as proposed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. This is an extensive survey of the French-Moroccan artist’s work from the past ten years featuring films, video installations, photographs and silkscreen prints suggest civic platforms, from which members of minorities perform their strategies of resistance to arbitrary power. Through her artworks, Bouchra Khalili articulates subjectivity and collective history, questioning the complex relationships between the singular and civic belonging, calling for a new collective voice to come into being.
4. Leila Alaoui | "Traversées" | Les Moulins Galleria Continua, Moulins
May 13 - September 30, 2018
Galleria Continua presents in its Moulins space a new exhibition of photographs by French Moroccan photographer and video maker Leila Alaoui. Leila Alaoui was born in 1982. She studied photography at City University in New York. Her work explores the construction of identity, cultural diversity, and migration in the Mediterranean. She used photography and video art to express social realities through a visual language somewhere on the confines of documentary and visual art. Commissioned by Amnesty International to make a work about women’s rights in Burkina Faso, Leila Alaoui was critically wounded during a terrorist attack in Ouagadougou in January 2016. She died on the 18th of January.
5. Pipilotti Rist | "Pixel Forest" | LUMA, Arles
July 02 - November 04, 2018
Presented for the first time in France, “Pixel Forest” is one of the most recent works of artist Pipilotti Rist. Thousands of LEDs plunge the viewer into a three-dimensional video. Walking in this forest of lights, the surrounding walls seem to disappear. Video is used as a source of light that blends into space and blurs the lines between object, environment, image and light.
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