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We are very happy to announce the upcoming exhibition of works by Los Angeles based artist Derek Albeck. This show marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The show will feature several skillfully executed pencil drawings and hand colored screen prints. A preview of the show will be available soon.
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We welcome Deth Kills for the release of the second issue of their zine titled, ‘Deth to False Everything.’
The year 2008 in the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art will be concluded with a solo exhibition entitled ‘The Real The Story The Storyteller’, by Greek artist Stefanos Tsivopoulos. Truth begins with an axiom of truth. It begins with a decision. Decision to say that an event has taken place.
-Alain Badiou, The Political As A Truth Procedure
In the centre of Stefanos Tsivopoulos’ artistic practice is the research, collection and analysis of archive photos, newsreels, film archives and other historically related imagery that constitute part of our collective memory. These documents are taken out of their historical context and used in his work in a reverse mode instead of serving their purpose they are deployed to tell a new story. By questioning the axiomatic value of a document, Stefanos Tsivopoulos is at the same time stating that we are strongly appealed by the document as it is. He is exposing the aura of photographic document in front of us while revealing his own suspicion in it’s power to prove validity. He managed to show the paradox of the document and it’s inherent contradictions without using the witness, but rather the document itself as subject. And he did it in such a way, without endangering our consensual beliefs in importance of thinking about the documenting as opposed to general relativity. In the core of this presentation exists the following assumption that: It is the way a story is been told rather the story itself. The origin of the story as a true or a not true event comes second to the image’s ability to create genuine emotions and overlook facts. So archives are not necessarily serving as ‘representatives’ of the Historical truth rather are just another way to tell a story.
On the occasion of this exhibition, an extensive catalogue/reader will be published, with texts by Jennifer Allen, Sotirios Bachtsetzis, Katerina Gregos, Ana Nikitovic, Petar Ramadanovic, Marco Scotini and Hito Steyrel. This publication is conceived as an extra space for including information that are believed to be crucial for the understanding of the shows’ intentions, it’s artistic context and its relation to current issues of representation from the historical, political and social spectrum. The project is supported by Mondrian Foundation, Amsterdam
Courtesy of works: Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, AD Gallery, Beltsios Collection Short biography
Stefanos Tsivopoulos (Prague , 1973), is a Greek artist who lives and works in Amsterdam and Athens . He recently finished a 2 years residency period at the Rijksakademie van Beeldenden kunst in Amsterdam. Recent shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, 1st Athens Biennial, Kassel Kunstverein Friedericianum, 1st Thessaloniki Biennial, International Project Space Birmingham, Sammlung Essl Vienna, Center Photographique d_lle-de-France Paris, Montevideo Arts Institute Amsterdam, Museum Het Domein, Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, the Deste Prize, Manifesta Foundation Amsterdam, Coffee Break Liverpool Biennial. He is the winner of Golden Cube Award 2008, at the 25th Kassel film festival.
During 2009 he will be an artist in residence at the Platform Garanti in Istanbul.
Dispari&dispari project is pleased to invite you, to the opening of the exhibition ‘A Lighthouse for Lampedusa’. This is the first show in Italy of Berlin artist Thomas Kilpper (born Stuttgart). With this project, the artist reflects on the current phenomenon of immigration focussing on the extraordinary case of Lampedusa. On this island, just 80 nautical miles away from the African Continent, this year more than 20.000 refugees have reached – mostly in heavily overcrowded little boats. For them the shores of Lampedusa became a Synonymon for the dream of a better life in Europe. But often their ‘journey of hope’ turns into a deadly tragedy – help organisations estimate one out of ten die during their dangerous crossing.
‘A lighthouse with a maximum strength beam can provide essential orientation at sea and help to reduce the danger to life. Over the last months, Thomas Kilpper developed this idea for a new art project with a double function: in collaboration with architects, engineers and local people he wants to build a lighthouse with an adjacent arts center on Lampedusa’.
‘A tower and a landmark building, capable of hosting a diverse and transnational programme of communication, negotiation, exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events on its ground floor; a place that attracts not only new visitors to the island but also local people – making Lampedusa not just a location to talk about, but also somewhere to learn from and listen to each other’
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To understand the situation on the ground and to start to develop a network of contacts and relations with local people Kilpper travelled the island. On his second trip a meeting with 12 interested ‘Lampedusanian’s’ on this project could be held. With ‘A Lighthouse for Lampedusa’ Kilpper proceeds with his site related and socialy engaged interventions like ‘Al Hissan – The Horse of Jenin’, 2003 in Israel / Palestine and ‘Pigisback’ 2006 in London. At dispari&dispari project ‘A Lighthouse for Lampedusa’ will be presented to a wider audience for the first time – as a sketch for an utopian idea to come true in the near future. A Lighthouse for Lampedusa is an event produced by dispari&dispari project of Reggio Emilia and the artist Thomas Kilpper. Thanks for support and cooperation to: The German Institute for the Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), the House of Artists Villa Romana in Florence, the Lampedusa and Linosa commune and Radio Delta in Lampedusa. The exhibition is open until 14 February 2009 from Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 – 13.00 and 15.00 – 19.00. Saturday and Sunday by appointment. For more information, visit www.dispariedispari.org or write to info(at)dispariedispari.org
A Lighthouse for Lampedusa!
Almost every day we get news of stranded refugees in the south of Europe. Annually about 20 000 refugees try to reach Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa. Thousands drown in the sea – aid organisations estimate 10 out of 100 migrants die during the dangerous crossing.
Endeavours to improve and sustain living conditions in the immigrants’ country of origin are of prime importance – but even if rich countries are willing to help, this will take time and it will be a matter of decades, if not generations, before people are confident enough not to leave their homelands.
As long as people put their life at risk, as long as people die crossing the Mediterranean in a small nutshell for the sake of a better future… we have to ask ourselves: what can be done?!
A lighthouse with a maximum strength beam can provide essential orientation at sea and help to reduce the danger to life. Over the last few months, Berlin artist Thomas Kilpper developed this idea for a new art project with a double function: in collaboration with architects, engineers and local people he wants to build a lighthouse with an adjacent arts center on Lampedusa.
A tower and a landmark building, capable of hosting a diverse and transnational programme of communication, negotiation, exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events on its ground floor; a place that attracts not only new visitors to the island but also local people – making Lampedusa not just a location to talk about, but also somewhere to learn from and listen to each other.
This project underlines the need for a solution to the refugee problem: it’s not possible to solve it via restrictions and declaring a ‘state of emergency’. We call for a humanitarian and just immigration and integration policy in Europe. None of the refugees is illegal. We oppose any idea to establish a ‘Fortress Europe’. The lighthouse will be a self-confident signal: ‘here we are, we do not hide’.
In December the first stage of the project will be launched. Thomas Kilpper will build a symbolic model first at the dispari&dispari project space in Reggio Emilia, and then again, in spring 2009 at Villa Romana in Florence, in order to present the idea to another public.
The second stage – finding ways to realise the tower on Lampedusa – will start as soon as the project gets local and international support.
This project ties in with a history of magnificent lighthouse constructions that have already been built, for example in Alexandria in 300 B.C. – mentioned as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
With the exhibition Erik A. Frandsen -The Double Space, ARoS presents one of Denmark’s most striking and most uncompromising artists. With the exhibition Erik A. Frandsen- The Double Space, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum presents the biggest collection ever of works by Frandsen.
The exhibition encompasses works from Frandsen’s entire oeuvre: from the wild paintings at the beginning of the 1980s to the brand-new mosaics done by the artist especially for this exhibition in ARoS. Erik A. Frandsen takes over the entire museum with his spectacular pictorial universe when over more than 2000 square metres – in the Special Exhibition Gallery, the Special Exhibition Foyer, the Museum Street and the stairway – he shows his great neon sculptures, steel flowers, glass mosaics, sculptures, paintings etc. Erik A. Frandsen – The Double Space takes the visitor along with him on a journey through a total installation – from the fluorescent tubes in the foyer with Frandsen statements such as Lebensraum, White Power and Evergreen to the gigantic five-metre-in-diameter fluorescent lamp hovering in the large Special
Exhibition Gallery. Since the wild works of the 1980s, Erik A. Frandsen’s artistic project has been an insistent and intensive search for double space. By combining things that are recognisable with striking structures, physical objects and abstract forms, the artist creates a duality in which figure and structure challenge each other. Erik A. Frandsen had his international breakthrough in 1992, when he participated in the prestigious Dokumenta IX at Kassel. Since then, Frandsen has presented countless exhibitions. Today, Erik A. Frandsen is moreover represented in Danish art museums by a larger number of works than any other artist.