I VAN ARGOTE & PAUL
20 JANUARY - 19 FEBRUARY 2012
to Curate" > 26 January 2012
NETTIE HORN is pleased to present a twofold project by Colombian and
French artists Iván Argote and Pauline Bastard consisting of the
exhibition “Rising Action” - featuring
an ensemble of installation and sculptural pieces which are presented
alongside a video programme “Home Cinema”-
and followed by a performance event entitled “Born to Curate” at
the initiative of both artists which will take place in February 2012.
Meeting in 2007 within the vibrant atmosphere of the Beaux-Arts in
Paris, Iván and Pauline form an artist couple whose individual
practices develop in parallel to joint projects based on concepts
of presentations, curatorial events, residencies and other performative
games for which the artists rewrite the rules. The exhibition “Rising
for the first time in the UK their common vision of the city as a theatrical
playground – putting
in place playful environments where tricks, hijackings and other narrative
displacement and interventions initiate pictures of consumerism, humanism,
poetry and action.
Iván Argote’s practice
deals with social, political and art historical fields through mediums
as varied as video, photography, sculpture and painting. Being simultaneously
the director and main actor in his work, Iván interrogates with
humour the views and perspectives imposed by our social positions but
also the status of an artwork and the notion of interactivity, which
he addresses through a fictionalisation of the everyday.
Pauline Bastard invites us into a world where fiction and reality are
entangled and at the heart of which misleading fictions reign. Through
mediums such as video and sculpture, she plays with and defies narrative
processes through the phenomenon of detachment, re-appropriation or
semantic displacement. Popular objects and everyday materials are omnipresent
in her practice, creating a complicit game with the spectator where
the veracity of their fictional and dramatic potential is questioned.
The project “Born to Curate” is a one-night performance-based
event; a sort of “curatorial battle” presented as a live
game show where a panel of international curators are invited to confront
each other in a friendly, fun and challenging atmosphere. The event
will be presented by a host from the international art scene and will
be composed of four teams of two people. The game will develop around
a number of themes chosen randomly by the participants who will then
imagine and present an exhibition concept in a short period of time.
The public is the Grand Jury of this battle and will “vote” through
an applause meter which will select the teams that will go on to the
final to win the “Born to Curate” trophy!
Iván Argote was born in 1983 Bogota. He lives and works between
Paris and New York and graduated from the Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2009.
Recent exhibitions include: The Dialectic City, Laboratorio de Artes
Binarios, Puerto Rico (2011); Caliente, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin,
Paris, 2011 (solo show); A brake to dance, Galerie Valenzuela & Klenner,
Bogota, Colombia, 2009; Zapping Unit, MAC/VAL Museum of Contemporary
Art of Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France, 2009.
Pauline Bastard was born in 1982 and lives and works between Paris
and New York. She graduated in 2009 and 2010 from the Beaux-Arts
in Paris, the University of La Sorbonne, Paris, Steinhardt University,
Recent exhibitions include: Green-white-red: un parfum d’Italie
dans les collections du FRAC Aquitaine; Collezione Maramotti, Regio Emilia,
Italia (2011); XOVUXY, Eva Hober gallery, Paris, 2011 (solo show); Rehab,
Espace Electra, Paris, 2009; Prehistorias, Galerie Valenzuela & Klenner,
Bogota, Colombia, 2009.