Newsletter #36 – September 2011

Opening 24 September...


Invitation to Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch's exhibition.

'Amikejo: Fermín Jiménez Landa y Lee Welch', final show of the exhibition series, Laboratorio 987, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, 24 September 2011–15 January 2012.

Documentation archive

Fermín Jiménez Landa (1979 Pamplona, Spain. Lives in Valencia, Spain) & Lee Welch (1975 Louisville, USA. Lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands) did not know each other before the invitation to participate in Amikejo. As if engaged in international diplomacy, the artists have had to get to know each other personally and artistically before issuing what might be regarded as a joint statement based on what they have agreed and negotiated, in the form of an exhibition. Jiménez Landa & Welch have chosen to establish their collaboration in relation to the notion of the micro nation and devices which delineate sovereignty – borders, stamps, anthems, flags, and so on.

Their project comprises a constellation of diverse performative, discursive and exhibited elements, some of which are directly apparent in the Laboratorio 987, having been developed in the space in the weeks leading up to the exhibition, while others have occurred at remote locations, or exist only in the imagination. A series of platforms constitute a space of assembly and discussion while a marching band from León has been recruited to compose and perform a national anthem for a new autonomous island state. Companioning this, another element comprises a series of letters sent by the artists using stamps from Moresnet, the republic which anteceded Amijeko. Jiménez Landa's & Welch's joint endeavour considers how art can produce new understanding, memories and communicative possibilities together with an audience.

Mousse Publishing will release the publication of the exhibition series In January 2012.

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With the support of the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

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.


Until 11 September...


General view exhibition. Photo: Latitudes


General view exhibition. Photo: Imagen Mas/MUSAC

For the third installment of the Amikejo exhibition cycle, Uqbar (the occasional collaboration of artists Irene Kopelman and Mariana Castillo Deball) explores 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 exhibition evolves around the principal of chirality or ‘handedness’ – a property of an object that is not superimposable on its mirror image. The show is composed of a spiral staircase, which serves as a viewpoint for other artifacts and objects. Uqbar creates a psychedelic chiral ecosystem, featuring hanging papier-mâché epiphyte sculptures and enlarged stone microfossils, as well as “Banyan tree drawings, a video of a chemical reaction, fables among non-humans and drawings of hybrid creatures”.

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With the support of the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

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.


Hans Schabus 'Europahaven, Rotterdam, 17 juni 2009'. (c) the artist

From the archive...

'Portscapes', series of ten public projects in and around Maasvlakte 2, the 2,000 hectare extension to the Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2009

Artists: Lara Almarcegui, Bik van der Pol, Jan Dibbets, Marjolijn Dijkman, Fucking Good Art, Ilana Halperin, Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller, Paulien Oltheten, Jorge Satorre, Hans Schabus, and online: Maria Barnas (poetry) and Markus Miessen (interviews).

'Portscapes' Web (NL/UK) | Projects timeline | Photo Gallery | 'Making of' videos


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 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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