Newsletter #33 – May 2011

On May 19, 20h...


Mock up of the publication. Photo: Latitudes

'An evening with Lara Almarcegui', in conversation between Latitudes, Cuauhtémoc Medina and the artist on occasion of Almarcegui's solo show at TENT, Rotterdam and the forthcoming monograph 'Lara Almarcegui. Projects 1995–2010'

Thursday 19 May, 8pm, TENT, Rotterdam

Coinciding with Almarcegui's solo show at TENT, Latitudes' will host an in conversation with the Spanish-born Rotterdam-based artist and discuss the publication of her forthcoming monograph 'Lara Almarcegui. Projects 1995–2010'. Manifesta 9 curator, art historian and essayist for the catalogue, Cuauhtémoc Medina, will also participate reading some of the passages of his essay 'Lara Almarcegui and the freedom of the unplanned'. During the event, Latitudes will bring forward a selection of questions posed by curators, gallerist, artists, colleagues and collaborators of Almarcegui, giving an opportunity to revisit some of her projects produced since 1995. (+ info...)

Published by Berlin-based Archive Books, 'Lara Almarcegui. Projects 1995-2010' (ISBN 978-88-95702-05-6) is the first monograph to date of Almarcegui's work. Alongside an introductory essay by the editors, art critic, curator and art historian Cuauhtémoc Medina and the theorist and curator Lars Bang Larsen contribute texts. The publication is supported by the Fonds BKVB (Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture).

TENT | Witte de Withstraat 50 | 3012 BR Rotterdam, The Netherlands | MAP


Until 12 June...


Views of the exhibition 'Amikejo: Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum. Photos: Courtesy the artists.

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'Amikejo: Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum', second part of the exhibition cycle 'Amikejo' at the Laboratorio 987, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, 9 April–12 June.

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For the second exhibition of the exhibition series 'Amikejo', the Basque/Dutch duo Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum have taken the woodturning hobby of a retired factory worker – Gorkum’s grandfather, Jos van Gorkum (1911–1996) – as the point of departure for a self-referential exploration of the notion of artistic production.

Central to the exhibition is a selection of 30+ objects made by Jos van Gorkum which the artists have been able to locate in the homes of family members, friends and former neighbours across the Netherlands. Jaio and van Gorkum have also been learning how to use the original lathe on which these items were made, connecting their own labour as artists to the spare-time activity of a pensioner. The by-products of this process are incorporated as the supporting elements of the platform on which the original objects are displayed. In addition three monitors show a corporate film of the Lips Propeller factory where Jos van Gorkum worked before his retirement; the original lathe being used to make some of the 49 legs which support the platform; and the scanning of magazine clippings, sketches and templates of different wood-turned objects which had been collected in a cigar box by Jos van Gorkum.

Exhibition supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

Forthcoming exhibitions: Uqbar Foundation (25 June–11 September) and Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (24 September–15 January 2012).

MUSAC | Avenida de los Reyes Leoneses, 24 | 24008 León | ESPAÑA | MAP | Tue–Fri: 10–15 / 17–20h; Sat–Sun: 11–15/ 17–21h. Monday closed.


and in June...

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'Amikejo: Uqbar Foundation (Mariana Castillo Deball and Irene Kopelman)', third part of the exhibition cycle 'Amikejo' at the Laboratorio 987: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, 25 June–11 September.

For Amikejo, Uqbar Foundation will explore the idea of working together as a subject in itself. The “interchanges, mutations, transmutations, metamorphosis and contaminations that working together entails ... the hybrids we create together, not belonging to one or the other but rather creating an in between zone”, as the artists have described. The collaborative process could be understood as a chemical reaction between two elements, or two parallel universes that branch and meet at certain stages.

The exhibition at Laboratorio 987 will be based on the principal of chirality or ‘handedness’ – a property of an object that is not superimposable on its mirror image. Human hands are perhaps the most recognizable example of chirality: the left hand is a non-superimposable mirror image of the right hand.

Also opening at MUSAC on June 25th: 'El Grito'; 'I WAS A MALE YVONNE DE CARLO. Critical art can be sophisticated, even entertaining'; 'Fernando Sinaga. Ideas K' and 'Claire Fontaine, P.I.G.S.'

Exhibition supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

Forthcoming exhibitions: Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (24 September–15 January 2012).

MUSAC | Avenida de los Reyes Leoneses, 24 | 24008 León | ESPAÑA | MAP | Tue–Fri: 10–15 / 17–20h; Sat–Sun: 11–15/ 17–21h. Monday closed.


Also in June...


Seat arrangement during a press conference at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Photo: Latitudes

'Campus', Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona, 27 June–28 August 2011

'Campus' is a temporary, free and non-credited art school, a pilot project devoted to the reflection and exchange of ideas, experiences and knowledge. During July, the Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, in Barcelona, will become a hybrid school in which four working sessions will be held during consecutive weeks, under the guidance of five international artists – Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Renata Lucas, Peter Piller y Adrià Julià.

Combining the models of an experimental art school and an artist residency, 'Campus' will operate in both Spanish and English and aims to create a point of encounter for young artists born in 1980 or more recently working in diverse artistic disciplines. 'Campus' aims at encouraging self organization and critical capacity through personal tutorials and group discussions. (+ info...)

Espai Cultural Caja Madrid) | Plaça Catalunya 9 (esquina Rambla de Catalunya) | 08002 Barcelona | SPAIN | MAP


Photo: Joel Stillman

Exhibition catalogue, 'The Last Newspaper', New Museum, New York, now available from Motto, Berlin.

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'The Last Newspaper' is now available for purchase (€15) and distribution from Motto, Berlin.

Produced by Latitudes during 10 weeks from a micro-newsroom installed in the exhibition space of the New Museum, 'The Last Post' (issue 1); The Last Gazette (issue 2); The Last Register (issue 3); The Last Star-Ledger (issue 4); The Last Monitor (issue 5); The Last Observer (issue 6); The Last Evening Sun (issue 7); The Last Journal (issue 8); The Last Times (issue 9) and The Last Express (issue 10) form the catalogue of the exhibition 'The Last Newspaper'.

Featuring over 100 contributors, including essays and interviews with participating artists, the publication also brings together articles and special features around an expanded selection of work that addresses the news, the newspaper, and its evolving form and function. (+ info...)


About Latitudes

Latitudes is a Barcelona-based [41º23’ N, 2º 11’ E] independent curatorial office initiated in April 2005 by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna. Latitudes collaborates with artists and institutions in the conception, organisation and production of exhibitions, public commissions, conferences, editorial and research initiatives across local, pan-European and international situations. Latitudes is part of Plataforma Curatorial and Hangar's 2010–12 Programming Committee. In 2010 Latitudes was awarded the inaugural curatorial prize GAC given by the Catalan gallery association. (+ info...)

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