Sol Calero. Agencia Viajes Paraíso

May 06, 2017 - September 24, 2017

The issues of history and respectively cultural history play an essential role in the work of Sol Calero (*1982 in Caracas, Venezuela), who moved to Berlin a couple of years ago after spending her childhood in Venezuela and studying art in Spain and Great Britain.

How does cultural representation and appropriation work, especially between Europe and Latin America? What is attributed by one culture to the other and what implications do these ascriptions have for art and society?

With her paintings, sculptures, and installations and in a very playful manner, a kind of tongue-in-cheek love for Caribbean colours Calero induces thought about cliché, ascription, and prejudice as well as gender roles and migration. She describes herself as “political without being explicitly political”.

Image: Sol Calero, Casa de Cambio, 2016. Art Basel Statements, Basel. Installation view. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo by Andrea Rossetti

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Vladimír Houdek. Resonanz

May 06, 2017 - September 24, 2017

In his paintings, collages and films Vladimír Houdek (*1982 in Nové Mèsto, Czech Republic) utilizes a principle of overlapping forms. Geometric figures seem to be suspended in midair, their chiaroscuro, gloss, and shadows are reminiscent of highly polished metal or computer graphics.

Houdek’s compositions are determined by geometric formal principles. They connect contemporary aesthetics, our everyday visual experience with historic forerunners such as constructivism and Dada. Each of his shows is preceded by an examination of the exhibition rooms on site after which he produces new works for these specific spaces.

Image: View of Vladimír Houdek's studio

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