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June 2011

Goldin+Senneby: The Decapitation of Money

The Decapitation of Money, 2010

Artists Goldin+Senneby examine the abstract nature of money in their research and as part of their practice.  In 2010 they created an installation linking two events of the last century, the formation of Georges Bataille’s secret, anti-sovereignty society ‘Acéphale’ (‘Headless’) and the formation of the Eurodollar in the 1950s, when Soviet and Chinese deposited dollars in Europe, evading US financial jurisdiction at the start of the Cold War.  This is one of the first developments of modern finance, where money operates in an virtual or abstract economic space, removed from territorial sovereign boundaries. Exploring the nature of money, its value and its physical nature is complex, elusive and still evolving especially in today’s world of virtual finance. Visit Goldin+Senneby to see more of their work exploring economics and finance through creative means.

Curated by Sandra Terdjman, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris in 2010.  www.kadist.org

Artist of the week: Yoan Capote

Yoan Capote exhibits at the Venice Biennale

Born in Pinar del Río in 1977, Yoan Capote lives and works in Havana. He is exhibiting in the Cuban Pavillion at the 54th International Art Exhibition.

For this artwork artist created molds of real bones with provenance from different dead people and after reproduced in wax each one, adjusting them and creating the representation of a new subject in that sculpture. The weight of the concrete is used like a symbolic element. Equilibrium is as a metaphor of struggle and resistance.

Capote contributed work to Iniva’s States of Exchange exhibition in 2008 at Rivington Place. Selected by Iniva’s curator at the time Cylena Simonds and prominent Cuban curator Gerardo Mosquera, the group show focused on six artists living and working in Cuba. The work offered a witty, scathing and provocative response to scarcity and constraint, raising issues of global relevance.
Accompanying the exhibition there is a full-colour illustrated catalogue which is still available from our website.

Art & Economies: el Changarrito and alternative economy

Artist Maximo Gonzalez – el Changarrito contributing to alternative economies

Maximo Gonzalez’ Changarrito or street cart cum art gallery space takes the place of a formal gallery venue and places it in the art market however its on the street for public consumption.  It welcomes artists products, poetry and other items to be sold, of which artists profit 100%.  The artist acts as street vendor and emulates vendor stalls which can be found around Mexico City. 
 This year 2011, he took his cart to the Venice Biennial.  Through this process he is contributing to the informal economies that exist all around us.  To find out more visit: Changarrito.

Artist of the week: Susan Stockwell

Exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum

Artist Susan Stockwell is currently running a project at the Florence Nightingale Museum based on quilt making. Taking inspiration from a quilt made from 20th century nursing uniforms, Susan and a group from Lambeth Council will create quilts from recycled materials.

The resulting art works, along with new work by Susan, will be shown in an exhibition at the museum called All Stitched Up, from May 2011.

Stockwell’s work draws on everyday materials that are manipulated and transformed into extraordinary sculptures, collages and installations questioning ecology, historic and present day trade, and the post and neo-colonial implications of global commerce.  Recent exhibitions include installation Flood at York St Marys (York City Art Gallery) 18 June-31 October 2010; Susan Stockwell Selected Works at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London in 2001 and group exhibitions Quilts from 1700 to the Present Day, Hidden Histories, Untold Stories at the V&A until and Creative Compass at the Royal Geographic Society.

The artist has worked with Iniva on several occasions on the theme of mapping and created a site-specific commission, River of Blood, for the vast window of Rivington Place for the 2010 exhibition Whose Map is it? New Mapping by Artists. The installation was made up of an intricate network of red tributaries to form the iconic image of the Thames River map. She draws parallels between city roads and human arteries, investigating the north versus south London divide that the capital’s citizens frequently highlight. You can listen to a radio interview where the artist talks about the installation here.

Meaning of Labour: Performance (artist Kate Gilmore)

Kate Gilmore: Walk the Line

Performance at Exchange Square in the financial district of the City of London. The structure is in keeping with the measurements of typical office cubicles and corridors in the neighbouring modern office blocks, where countless women work, perhaps without ever having noticed or reflected upon the effect their daily activities have on their body and stamina. The women who participate in Kate Gilmore’s project will resemble typical office workers and come from different backgrounds. With this art work Kate Gilmore comments on the meaning of labour and life in everyday conditions, and skilfully turns a mundane phenomenon into a dramatic visual spectacle.

Catch it between 6-10 June 2011

Find out more about this Parasol Unit project.