Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson in Galerie Opdahl
Two Ongoing Projects
2 November – 12 January 2013
Friday, 2 November 2012, 6 – 9 pm
Galerie Opdahl, Berlin, announces its second solo exhibition of Libia Castro (ES) and Ólafur Ólafsson (IS). In their site-related projects, the artist duo explores the relationships between art, everyday life, sociopolitical and cross-cultural issues, collaborating with people from different professional fields and all walks of life. Using a variety of media (including public media) in an innovative manner, they question notions of identity, citizenship and global economical transformations, often subverting our thinking of these topics with irony.
In their new exhibition Two Ongoing Projects, Castro & Ólafsson will present works from the ongoing projects Your Country Doesn´t Exist (2003 – ) and ThE riGHt tO RighT (2012 – ).
Since 2003 iterations of YCDE – frequently presented as a graphic splash, or a speech-bubble, bursting out of a bottle-like shape – have appeared in numerous contexts, inserted as wall paintings, billboards, posters and acted announcements, into public space and media, including radio and television. The video work on view from the campaign – a contemporary serenade for a mezzo soprano, guitar and trumpet, announcing that your country doesn´t exist, performed on a gondola during a two-day guerrilla performance on the canals of Venice – was first exhibited in 2011 at the Icelandic Pavillion of the 54th Venice Biennial, curated by Ellen Blumenstein.
From ThE riGHt tO RighT the artists will preview new versions of works they made for the first presentation of this recent project at the 7th Liverpool Biennial 2012, where they currently show a monumental flashing neon-work, reading alternatively ThE riGHt tO RighT / ThE riGHt tO WrOnG, and a hand-out newspaper, distributed throughout the city, featuring the texts ThE riGHt tO RighT/ WrOnG and The Partial Declaration of Human Wrongs, written by British philosopher Nina Power, in collaboration with and commissioned by the artists. The texts address the subject of the right to right/wrong and current global political unrest in a critically reflective and satirical manner. Further information can be found under: www.the-right-to-right.com
Castro & Ólafsson, collaborating since 1997, recently had solo shows amongst others at The National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, the CAAC Sevilla, and are currently taking part in a group show at The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo. In 2008 they participated in Manifesta 7 and in 2009, were awarded third place in the prestigious Dutch art prize, Prix de Rome, for their video work Lobbyists. Upcoming shows in 2013 include presentations at the NGBK in Berlin and a solo exhibition at TENT Rotterdam. Castro & Ólafsson are based in Rotterdam and Berlin and currently hold a grant „Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst“ of the Berlin Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.
The exhibition is open through January 12, 2013
GALERIE OPDAHL Berlin
Image : ThE riGHt tO RighT/WrOng (2012)
From the project ThE riGHt tO RighT (2012-ongoing), Neon sign, St George’s Hall, 7th Liverpool Biennial -The Unexpected Guest, 2012