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"SMASH THE GHETTO – DEMOCRACIA and solo projects by MASLEN and MEHRA, DANIEL CANOGAR and LI WEI"
2008-10-31 until 2008-12-05
Galerie Caprice Horn
Galerie Caprice Horn has the pleasure of announcing several parallel solo shows in the next exhibition. Firstly the introduce the exhibition of the ongoing project “Smash The Ghetto” by Democracia. Democracia (previously El Perro), have participated in numerous museum shows, including the recent show curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with artists including Cy Twombly, Gilbert & George and Doug Gordon et al (Casa Museo Federico Garcia Lorca, Granada), as well as the Taipei Biennale. In 2007, the Madrid City Council decided that El Salobral, one of Europe’s largest shanty towns located on the southern outskirts of Madrid should be demolished and its inhabitants rehoused. “Smash The Ghetto” is a video and photography installation documenting the demolition of these slum districts. The body of work is an ongoing project and the gallery is pleased to show the most recent work. Parallel to this solo show the gallery is presenting individual projects by the artists Maslen & Mehra, Daniel Canogar and Li Wei.
Maslen & Mehra are exhibiting their latest installation which emulates the free-standing military recruitment office at Times Square, New York. It includes the giant neon flag on the side of the building and the similar placement of the screen on the front of the structure. The artists work can also be seen at PIca Parallel “Silver – Artrage 25”, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (until Nov. 23, 2008). The artists will be present for the book signing of their first monograph.
Daniel Canogar, who is no newcomer to the scene, most recently shown at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, sought inspiration in Andrea Pozzo’s masterpiece painting in the church of St. Ignatius in Rome. The allegory of the Apotheosis of St. Ignatius with hundreds of figures in illusory perspective is similarly represented in a fiber optic technology project by the artist.
The chinese artist Li Wei started off his venturesome performances with the series “Mirroring” and later on with “Falls”. His work is a mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions – often on the basis of dangerous acrobatic ventures. His work is also currently exhibited at the Taiwan Yeh Rong Jia Culture & Art Foundation. Furthermore his work can be seen in the upcoming show “Drawn in the Clouds: Contemporary Asian Art”, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Helsinki (Oct. 31, 2008 until Feb. 1, 2009).
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