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il cotidiano alterato

50 venice bienial
june 15 - november 2, 2003
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il cotidiano alterato, 50 venice biennial, venice, 2003

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il cotidiano alterato, 50 venice biennial, damián ortega, venice, 2003

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il cotidiano alterato, 50 venice biennial, fernando ortega, daniel guzmán, venice, 2003

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il cotidiano alterato, 50 venice biennial, jimmie durham, venice, 2003

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il cotidiano alterato, 50 venice biennial, abraham cruzvillegas, venice, 2003

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il cotidiano alterato, 50 venice biennial, abraham cruzvillegas, venice, 2003

The Everyday Altered
Curated by Gabriel Orozco
Arsenale, 50th Venice Biennial

 

Artistic director Francesco Bonami presents the International Show of the 50th Venice Biennial under the main theme Dreams and Conflicts - The Viewer's Dictatorship, as an "exhibition of exhibitions". Ten projects at the Arsenale and at the Giardini have been conceived by different curators, including two by Bonami himself:

Fault Lines
Contemporary African Art and Shifting Landscapes
Curated by Gilane Tawardos, produced by the Forum for African Arts


Z.O.U. - Zone of Urgency, Curated by Hou Hanru


The Structure of Survival, Curated by Carlos Basualdo


Contemporary Arab Representations, Curated by Catherine David


The Everyday Altered, Curated by Gabriel Orozco


Utopia Station, Curated by Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija

 

 

Together with the official presentations by countries and institutions as well as numerous special exhibitions and projects, they are to be perceived as "islands" of a complex "archipelago", which the visitors explore like a "global map".

 

ll cotidiano alterato, curated by artist Gabriel Orozco,  makes mention of his years of cooperation with the invited artists: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jimmie Durham, Daniel Guzman, Jean Luc Moulène, Damian Ortega and Fernando Ortega.

 

Orozco sees his curatorial practice limited to establishing rules of the game. These are: No walls, no pedestals, no vitrines, no video, no photographs... The game itself is based on the transformation of everyday objects. Orozco justifies his decision for these artists in stating that their work, through the "irony of thinking, the immediate gesture, the fragility of intimacy, and the meticulous violence of transforming the familiar," is relevant for the understanding of a powerful tendency in today's art practice.

 

“I accepted the invitation of Francesco Bonami to curate this exhibition because of his genuine interest in the ongoing collaboration that has taken place among and between these artists and myself over the years. My curatorial practice here is limited to establishing rules for a game in a specific exhibition field. The rules are: No walls, no pedestals, no vitrines, no video, no photographs. The six invited players are: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jimmie Durham, Daniel Guzman, Jean Luc Moulene, Damian Ortega and Fernando Ortega. Avoiding the medias mentioned before, these artists have accepted to participate in this dialogue using their own altered objects of knowledge. We could say that this practice of transforming the objects and situations in which we live everyday is a way of transforming the passage of time and the way we assimilate the economics and politics of the instruments of living. We could say, also, that the fact that this practice has become a recurrent tool for many contemporary artists all over the world, is a sign of its political power, as the individual can transform and communicate its own reality and, with simple means, make these altered objects the materials and tools of our revolutionary mornings. The human scale is a constant in all the works presented here. The irony of thinking, the immediate gesture, the fragility of intimacy, and the meticulous violence of transforming the familiar, makes these artists' work relevant to understand a powerful tendency in the art practice of today” -Gabriel Orozco

 


Artists:
Abraham Cruzvillegas (Mexico)
1968. Lives and works in Mexico City

Jimmie Durham (USA)
1940. Lives and works in Berlin

Daniel Guzmán (Mexico)
1964. Lives and works in Mexico City

Damián Ortega (Mexico)
1967. Lives and works in Mexico City

Fernando Ortega (Mexico)
1971. Lives and works in Mexico City

Jean Luc Moulène (France)
1955. Lives and works in Paris