Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson in TENT Rotterdam
This February, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson opened an exhibition in TENT in Rotterdam. The exhibition, Assymmetry acts as a laboratory where yet another stage of „ThE riGHt tO RighT“ is elaborated.
Asymmetry haunts the conceptual edifice and thematic zones that constitute the interventionist and site-related, multimedia work of Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson. The artists’ venture into the mechanics of asymmetry is an attempt to decipher the logic of power division which upsets a balance of justice and disturbs a constitution of equality.
Castro and Ólafsson’s exhibition „Asymmetry“ is centred around the artists’ most recent on- going and research-based project „ThE riGHt tO RighT“, launched during the 7th Liverpool Biennial, 2012 and executed in their signature format of a campaign.
For their music video Lobbyists (2009) Castro & Ólafsson worked with British actress Caroline Dalton to perform a commissioned text by British reporter Tamasin Cave as a new song and the soundtrack to their video. In TENT Caroline Dalton for the first time gave a live performance of the audio track of Lobbyist together with Dutch reggae artist Rass Motivated.
The exhibition´s Rotterdam-related edition focuses on a symposium in three chapters as well as a new issue of a newspaper, which will highlight the ambiguities of power relations that condition the city’s image, its reality and postindustrial status. The final symposium takes place on April 17.
Collaborating since 1997, Castro & Ólafsson are based in Rotterdam and Berlin. In 2008 they participated in Manifesta7 with the video work “Caregivers”. Their music video “Lobbyists” was awarded Basis Prize of the prestigious Dutch art prize the Prix de Rome in 2009. Castro & Ólafsson represented Iceland in the 54th Venice Biennial, 2011 with the exhibition “Under Deconstruction”.
The exhibition is curated by Adam Budak.
Here is an interview with Budak about the works, by Domeniek Ruyters, editor in chief of the Dutch Metropolis M.
Images: Courtesy of the artists