Joana Vasconcelos " A Ilha dos amores"
Baltazar Torres "Daily Stories"
MAM RoomnumberOne: Ana Rito "Powerful Acrobat"
Opening: 22.03.2007, 18:00-21:00 within Seilerstät te, Vienna
Joana Vasconcelos avails herself on mass products: she joins everyday life goods, kitsch objects and folk culture such as crochet works to create objects whose attempt is on one side the democratization of art, but on the other side placing harsh critic on the current consumption-society. Vasconcelos takes low-cult elements in order to produce high-cult art pieces. Crochet works are the universal language being understood worldwide - only the colouring refers to the cultural context the pieces belong to. Vasconcelos obviously treats gender issues, but underlines that she does not agree with simple physical-feminine interpretations of her work as straight feminist approaches are too restrictive. It's more about checking out on our apparently homogenous ignorant global consumer society and underlining their hidden cultural identities by the conceptual repetition of consumption goods. The huge piece "A noiva", a luster made out of a multitude of OB Tampons, shown for first time at the Venice Bienal in 2005, provokes different reactions being shown in Venice than in Istanbul. There is for instance no use for traditional European double candlesticks in Japanese houses as light plays a very special paper in Japan. Although those goods are available everywhere provoking homogenisation of societies their local connotation is distinctive. Mass goods like plastic cutlery suddenly appear sublime being arranged in her impressive work "Black Independent Heart", crochet works are being used as if they were patterns she strings together and paints with in order to cover current kitsch animal pottery - in the end it's the low-cult again that supports the high-cult product.
Baltazar Torres deals in his small-sized works with social and political grievances. Made of wood and lead, these tiny worlds show harsh urban environments, in which the human being works only as a small wheel in the global gear. In an almost tragicomical way Baltazar Torres points out worldwide problems, such as environmental damage, the USA's imperialistic position as well as the increasing urbanisation, which entails inevitably awful living conditions for the people and furthermore pauperisation, crime and isolation of the single individual. By reason of the small dimensions the visitor is forced to step closer, gaze even more carefully and give more attention to the scenery. The mirrors in the background involve the visitor accessorily in the setting.
The young Portuguese Ana Rito, awarded "Talent of the Year 2006" by the L+Arte magazine, engages in her very figurative video- and textile- works with divers perceptions of female positions and specific images of women.
(Mag. Ute Stadlbauer)
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